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This family needs no fanfare!

Brass intruments can fit in anywhere: orchestras, brass bands, big bands, pop groups - you name it.

The brass family adds a huge amount of power to the orchestral sound.

The trumpet is the highest brass instrument. It is made from a brass tube that is bent about and opens into a shape called a 'bell'.

The trumpet makes a very loud, strong sound, which can be heard above the rest of the orchestra.

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Meet the orchestra

Dave McCallum, Trumpet
BBC Concert Orchestra

  • How old were you when you first started playing?
    I was seven.

  • Why did you choose this instrument?
    There was a brass teacher at my primary school.

  • Do you play any other instruments?
    The piano and organ.

  • What do you like most about playing in an orchestra?
    An orchestra is like a football team with 60 players. I can't think of any other job where that many people have to perform together. As you can imagine, it can be a lot of fun - sometimes!

  • Do you play any other kind of music?
    Not now. I used to work in function bands, and play the music for shows. The BBC Concert Orchestra has lots of variety!

  • What is your favbourite music?
    Good music.

  • Do you have any hobbies?
    Spending time with my children, DIY and cycling.

  • What would you have been if you weren't a musician?
    Rich and bored!

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