Brass instruments have been around in one form or another for thousands of years. They've played a part in historical military campaigns, religious ceremonies, and the development of music around the world.  All brass instruments produce sound through the vibration of the player’s lips. Musicians alter their pitch by vibrating their lips at different speeds into the instrument’s mouthpiece.The brass family consists of 5 major instruments with many other similar variations on them. 

The Trumpet/ Cornet are two different instruments but their differences are so trivial, beginning band teachers don´t distinguish between the two. These instruments are the highest and smallest members of the brass family.

The French Horn is somewhat larger than a trumpet so it’s pitched lower. It´s a beautiful sounding instrument but beginners should be aware that this is a challenging instrument to learn and there is a need for dedicated practice.

The Trombone is considered 'low brass' and reads from the bass clef, opposed to the higher treble clef that is read by the higher instruments. The trombone is a brass instrument with a unique feature. Rather than valves or keys that are pushed with the fingertips, the trombone uses a slide to change pitches.

The Baritone/ Euphonium are two separate instruments but the difference is minor. A baritone usually has three valves where as Euphonium can have three or four valves. In concert bands Baritone horns and Euphoniums sit with the trombones, they have a similar range and usually play the same parts.

The Tuba/ Sousaphone are two separate instruments and due to traditional tubas being difficult to walk with, many marching bands use a sousaphone—a specialized tuba that fits around the body of the musician—which was named for famed march composer John Philip Sousa. These are the largest and lowest instruments of the brass family.

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Ben Bruni

Trumpet, Trombone, Piano | Available - Tuesday

Benjamin Bruni is an Australian based Trumpeter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter and
teacher who has performed and recorded as a featured soloist and session musician with some of
Australia's leading Artist/Musicians.
As an improviser, he is thoughtful and thought provoking; witty and daring,
and possesses “an actively radiant trumpet tone with hundreds of brilliant ideas.” (James Morrison,
He is also an enthusiastic composer and song writer who values simplicity, beauty and humour. As
a teacher, he aims to inspire through example: to guide and impart an ethos of seriousness and
commitment to the art form, while providing a platform for creativity and self-expression.
In November of 2017 Ben completed a Bachelor of Music at the James Morrison
Academy of Music in Mount Gambier, South Australia.
While studying in Mount Gambier, Ben was a finalist twice for the James Morrison Scholarship at
the Generations in Jazz festival and recorded his own album after winning the Pat Corrigan
scholarship through Jazz Workshop Australia.
During university Ben was able to tutor some young upper brass students while completing his
studies and was successful in preparing them to complete their AMEB exams to a high level. He
has also been invited to mentor and teach students for a jazz program with James Morrison at The
Arts Centre Gold Coast. Ben has worked at Calvary Christian College as an instrumental music
teacher for brass.
Ben can frequently be heard on recordings or playing with some incredible musicians such as;
James Morrison, Wynton Marsalis, Jeff Clayton, Wycliffe Gordon, Gordon Goodwin, Darren
Percival, Matthew Jodrell, Ross Irwin, Kate Cebrano, The One O'Clock Lab Band and The
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Ben has toured around Australia playing Trumpet in the James
Morrison Big Band and the United States of America performing with the James Morrison Big Band
in locations such as; New York, New Orleans, Dallas, Washington and Chicago.

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