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How brass instruments work - Al Cannon

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What gives the trumpet its clarion ring and the tuba its gut shaking oompah-pah? And what makes the trombone so jazzy? Al Cannon shows how these answers lie not in the brass the instruments are made of, but in the journey that air takes from the musician’s lungs to the instrument’s bell.

The percussion, the woodwind, and the brass sections all play key roles in a band. Describe how each type of instrument makes its sound.

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  • Educator Al Cannon
  • Director Franz Palomares
  • Script Editor Alex Gendler
  • Composer Carlos Palomares
  • Narrator Addison Anderson

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