Woodwind instruments, part of the wind family, include many popular instruments such as the flute (and piccolo), clarinet, saxophone and double reed instruments (oboes, bassoons, English horns). Most woodwind instruments share a similar key system which allows players to more easily move between woodwind instruments as compared to brass instruments. It would be common for a saxophone player to be able to play flute or clarinet with a small amount of practice since the fingering systems are so similar.
Although two of the members of the woodwind family are actually not made of wood (the flute and saxophone), they both have a strong organic connection. Early flutes were made from wood, and the saxophone incorporates a wooden reed that vibrates and ultimately produces the instrument’s sound. Woodwind & Brasswind carries many of today’s popular brands including Yamaha, Buffet Crampon, Gemeinhardt, P. Mauriat and more. Need recorders for your classroom? Choose from over 50 models offered in every color of the rainbow. We’re also your source for the best selection of woodwind accessories, including reeds, mouthpieces, care & cleaning supplies, cases and more. Most ship free!
Need help buying a woodwind instrument? We have resources that can help: flute buying guide, clarinet buying guide, oboe buying guide, bassoon buying guide and saxophone buying guide. We also have many woodwind articles that can assist you, such as Tips for Becoming a Saxophonist, Clarinet Basics, How to Pick the Right Reed and more.