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Concert Band
A concert band
US Navy 110316-N-2257C-002 Capt. Brian Walden, commanding officer and leader of the U.S. Navy Band, leads the Concert Band during a performance at
U.S. Navy Concert Band

A concert band is an ensemble for playing the instruments using wind. The main constituents are woodwind instrument family, brass instrument family and percussion instrument family. Sometimes, the string instrument family such as cello and double bass can be included.

There are several names similar to concert band like wind band, symphonic band, symphonic winds, wind orchestra, wind symphony, wind ensemble, or symphonic wind ensemble. Many people frequently confused concert band with brass band or marching band. The differences between them come from the orchestration.

The songs written for the concert band are much more easy to listen because of its repertoires. The repertoires are not only about the orchestral composition. Light music, jazz, march and popular tunes are also played. Even though people don't have special knowledge about it, anyone can enjoy the concert band music. It is highly acclaimed for both its quality and popularity. As the arrangement of concert band music is completed in the 20th century,its modern and dynamic style appeals general public. Plus, many conductors conduct concert bands attracted by its unique orchestration.


United States Air Force Heritage of America Band, Concert Band
The Concert Band of the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band
US Navy 110420-N-RM525-139 The U.S. Fleet Forces Band plays a song for the Alpha Boys School concert band during a Continuing Promise 2011 subject
In the School Concert Band class

A concert band can be divided into four groups; Professional bands, Military bands, School bands, and Community bands. Except for the professional bands, others are named for the location where the performers play.

Professional bands

Performers playing in the professional band consider the concert band members as their job. There are many professinal bands in the world.

  • Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra
  • Osaka Municipal Symphonic Band

Military bands

A concert band in the military are called Military bands. Because the repertoires are dynamic and active, concert bands usually perform in the army. Not only the military bands but also marching bands with brass often used for marching there.

  • Air Force Academy Band

School Bands

School bands refer to the groups consisting student players in school. In elementary, middle, high school and university, there are many students playing wind instruments for a concert or event. People included here also can be divided into two groups. Playing them as their hobbies or studying them as their majors.

Community Bands

A community band is a community-based ensemble. It is sponsored by town or city. Some are professional players but the others may not. Community bands also include the union based on their workplace.

  • The Philadelphia Wind Symphony
  • Salt Lake Symphonic Winds


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Percussion instruments

Woodwind instrument

A wind instrument in which sound is produced by the vibration of reeds in the mouthpiece, as a bassoon, clarinet, oboe, or saxophone, or by the passing of air across the mouthpiece, as a flute.

Brass instrument

A brass instrument is defined as an “aerophone,” which means it is an instrument where the musician must blow air into the instrument. The musician produces the tone by buzzing the lips into what is generally a cup-shaped mouthpiece. It doesn’t mean that the instrument is necessarily made of brass, since instruments that are made of other metals, wood, horn, or even animal bone are included in the family of brass instruments. Likewise, other instruments that are made of brass or metals, such as the flute or saxophone, are not brass instruments.

Percussion instrument

A percussion instrument is an instrument, such as a drum, xylophone, piano, or maraca, in which sound is produced by one object striking another or by being scraped or shaken.

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