The mellophone is an important instrument for any marching band. Loud, clear, and powerful, the mellophone is perfect for outdoor use with marching bands as well as with drum and bugle corps. Whether you’re an experienced player looking for a new instrument, or a beginner, a mellophone is a worthwhile investment.
The mellophone is a “middle” brass instrument that is often a replacement for the French horn in marching bands. This is because of its forward facing bell design that allows for a clear projection when playing while on the move. Its structure often leads to it being described as a “larger looking trumpet,” and because of its playing style, there are similarities that make it an ideal instrument for trumpeters to pick up. Also, because the instrument is so loud, it is used almost exclusively in outdoor performances.
When looking into purchasing a mellophone, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, you should note the tuning of the mellophone. Most of these instruments are tuned to F, and can have their tone greatly affected by their style of mouth piece. Parabolic mouthpieces can offer a brighter, almost trumpet like tone, while conical mouthpieces offer a warmer sound. The choice of mellophone almost entirely comes down to personal preference and purpose for the instrument.
It is also worth noting that these mellophones include cases. From hard plastic to hard wood, you can rest assured that your instrument is protected when it’s not in use or when you are traveling to and from your next performance.
The mellophone is any important instrument for any marching band. Whether you’re part of the halftime entertainment at the big game, or you’re marching in a parade, this instrument projects wonderfully in the outdoor environment, making it an ideal instrument for any brass musician.