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Trumpet Discussion Discuss Orchestra vs Wind Band in the General forums; While both orchestra and wind band are great. I prefer the orchestra. Plus you get to transpose a lot more ...
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    Pianissimo User piccolomaster's Avatar
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    Re: Orchestra vs Wind Band

    While both orchestra and wind band are great. I prefer the orchestra. Plus you get to transpose a lot more than in a wind band.
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    Re: Orchestra vs Wind Band

    For me, it's two separate things. I'd like to play in a wind ensemble more, as has been said, usually the voicings give us more melodies to play rather than the strings. If I'm sitting in an audience, I'd have to go with orchestra for sheer listening, though.
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    Re: Orchestra vs Wind Band

    I prefer listening to wind band. The dynamics of the instruments match up better.

    IE The percussion can play like percussion, the brass can play like brass and the woodwinds can be woodwinds. In an Orchestra, it seems like the main show are the violinist, and most the people only play in the crescendo at the end, the soloist gets mic'ed in the end anyway. If you want to hear strings go to a Symphony.

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    Re: Orchestra vs Wind Band

    How about a brass ensemble and then you can stand out more when you have a solo section to play within the piece of music and a lot of pieces we play both the 1st and 2nd trumpets will have different times to shine. I have played in both a band and orchestra. As long as I have interesting pieces to play and get the opportunity to perform that is all I care about.

    My experience is that the orchestra seemed much more formal so that may suit certain types better than others.
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    Re: Orchestra vs Wind Band

    I'll vote for a choice not on the poll...brass band. Advantage? No strings or woodwinds to put up with. Disadvantage? The cornets usually have to play transcribed string and/or woodwind parts on any pieces that were originally written for an orchestra.
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    Re: Orchestra vs Wind Band

    Quote Originally Posted by Dale Proctor View Post
    I'll vote for a choice not on the poll...brass band. Advantage? No strings or woodwinds to put up with. Disadvantage? The cornets usually have to play transcribed string and/or woodwind parts on any pieces that were originally written for an orchestra.
    I think your signature quote offers a "clue" as to why it wasn't a choice.
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    Re: Orchestra vs Wind Band

    I've had a couple of chances to hear the world's largest brass band at the Landesposaunentag in Ulm. I declined the chance to play because I wanted to listen. The Ulmer Münster is huge, having the highest church tower in the world; the church bells are loud, and the Posaunenchor plays over the top of those.

    The sound in the video does not give justice to the visceral experience of a whole lot of db's created by real folk, amateurs in the truest sense, who mean what they play, who communicate their faith.

    For me, it's not so much about instrumentation, it's about passion.

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    Re: Orchestra vs Wind Band

    If both were of equal skill I'd prefer to listen to I'd wind band, but since orchestras tend to have better players a listen to orchestras more. My school has both 2 orchestra and 3 wind bands, and I prefer wind band because I get to play more and the parts (for the brass & percussion players at least) are much more challenging and engaging.
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    Re: Orchestra vs Wind Band

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    Re: Orchestra vs Wind Band

    I agree with Dale Proctor. I don't relish counting out at least 100 measures of rest to then only play two percussive notes, as is quite common in orchestral arrangements. In wind band I get to play almost continuously.

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