This is story hailing back to our glory days when we were on the road. Of all the exciting things that can happen on the road, lost or broken equipment is one of the worst. It usually involves scrambling around trying to find replacement items at the last minute, and it can be very stressful for artists and crew alike. This is the story of how we had to find 100 brass band instruments in under 8 hours…
The Brass Band Instruments Story
The story begins as we were boarding a plane to L.A. around 8 years ago. We were all very excited for the first leg of our tour, and the L.A. show was a complete sell out so it was going to be a big one. We wanted to start as we meant to go on, but a horrible reality was waiting for us when we arrived at the venue. A sizable selection of our kit and a lot of the backup bands instruments hadn’t made it onto the plane. We were distraught to say the least. This basically resulted in us having to find around 100 brass band instruments in less than 8 hours, and although we were in L.A. we knew this would be a tricky task.
Finding The Instruments
We needed all sorts of brass instruments including flugelhorns, trumpet, saxophone, trombone, clarinet, tympanis and tuba. A brass instrument is an instrumental musical instrument that makes sound by producing air from a hollow tubular resonating resonator in harmony with the sound of the player’s mouth. Many people won’t simply lend out their instruments, especially brass ones for this very reason. We managed to find a few shops, brass schools and jazz clubs that agreed to lend us some of their instruments, which was incredibly helpful.
A Breakdown Of The Instruments We Needed
These brass instruments are actually the most popular ones among musical historians and these instruments form the bulk of all brass instruments in the world today. The basic design of a trumpet is quite simple: a long tube attached to a conical body which releases air. Trumpets have four notes and these notes are distinguished by their different octaves (a distance between the center of the tube and the nearest neighboring note) and the way in which the air is expelled – either through a valve at the mouth or a bell-shaped valve on the end of the instrument.
These brass instruments feature valves that open with a click, similar to the design of recorder buttons. Unlike the trumpet, Saxophones have a bell attached to the body, which rotates as the valve is being opened. These instruments play different notes than the brass instruments, but some of them have extremely deep and rich tones. They are used mainly to accompany marching bands and other musical ensembles. Other brass instruments, such as tubas and maracas, are used for different musical styles.
We were incredibly lucky to have huge support from these amazing local businesses, and for that, we are incredibly grateful to everyone involved who helped the show go on.