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The High School Marching Band

There's a lot that goes into high school sports traditions beside the actual sports themselves. You've got cheer, rallies, homecomings, and let's not forget one of our most important senses...sound. That's provided by the high school band and almost every human tradition has music interwoven for a reason...it speaks to us. Whether it's a wedding, a military ceremony, or a local high school's football game...music gets everyone fired up. Let's take a look at the role of the band and prep sports in the United States. First, what makes up the typical band? Usually, the band members are from the high school's music program. You won't find many sting instruments on the band though since the band primarily a high energy affair. It's mainly composed of brass instruments with a strong drum core. In the brass section, you'll find trumpets, horns, trombones, potentially baritones, and of course, tuba's. Again, the instruments are typically on the side line or beyond the end zone so they need to carry a pretty...

 


Trumpet Players Make Better Kissers

The trumpet is known for its strong brassy sound. Although there are three different valves on a trumpet, much of its sound is attributed to lip tension. Playing the trumpet correctly does require strong, well-disciplined lips. Lip vibrations can seem very complicated at first, but once mastered, they do become second nature. To play the trumpet, you must pucker your lips in a way that is very similar to a puckered kiss. Press your lips to the trumpet mouth piece and "smile" slightly. If you blow, creating a vibrating, buzzing, sound with your lips, then the air pressure in your mouth will force your lips slightly open. The air flowing through the trumpet produces a sound. The higher the lip tension, the higher the frequency and pitch you will produce. Moving your lips up and down while blowing into the trumpet will create various harmonious notes as well.When practicing the trumpet, or any brass instrument for that matter, a player should begin by working through some scales. This will help strengthen the pl...

 


Want to Play a Brass Instrument?

So your child wants to be in the band? Or maybe you're just a regular person who wants to pick up a new hobby? Well, either way hopefully this advice will be of some help to you. First of all let me start by saying I have played Brass instruments in middle, high school and in college. I started with Trumpet and then later on moved to the Baritone and Trombone. So most of the advice here will be aimed at a youngster that wants to go this route; however I will try to include the hobby side as well. Band can lots of fun, but at the same time it is lots of hard work too. The first part of my advice is be ready to practice, practice, practice on your new instrument of choice - and then practice some more. Some basic information on Brass instruments is as follows. First, they require the buzzing of a person's lips into a mouth piece to make a sound. This vibration is the first key part in playing a brass instrument. Also, the length of the instrument helps control pitch as well. This is done either though the movem...

 




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