For some beginning band students, it’s hard to choose what musical instrument to play. Each band instrument has something intriguing to offer, whether it be the sound that is produced when the musical instrument is played, where that particular instrument section sits in the band, what it is made of, the shape of the instrument itself, and much more. But there are many great reasons to play bassoon in school band:
♦ The bassoon has a rich and varied sound
♦ The bassoon can play the melody, counter-melody, harmony and more. Its versatility provides interesting playing parts for the musician.
♦ Bassoon players are part of an elite group. There are fewer musicians on bassoon than most of the other band instruments.
♦ Since there aren’t as many students playing bassoon, you will have a greater chance of being accepted into honor groups and/or All-State Band.
♦ The bassoon is used in concert band, symphony orchestra, opera, movie and television soundtracks, small chambers groups and more. It can add to a bass line, play a solo, or blend with lots of other instruments.
♦ While learning any new musical instrument will have its challenges, the bassoon is considered one of the more difficult instruments to learn. That being said, practice is the key to becoming a great bassoon player.
♦ Playing the bassoon will offer you more opportunities for scholarships and grants to college/university.
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