This video features the “German Brass” ensemble, a talented musical group which is comprised of members of major German symphony orchestras and professors at university music schools. The German Brass has some fun with trombones in this entertaining musical act set in a circus tent. First a bass comes out, and then a smaller instrument, and smaller, and smaller, and smaller. Eventually you’ve got a full choir of trombones going, playing various parts and working with one another.
I love this because it shows off the trombone (an instrument that fascinates young learners) and also shows how instruments can come in different sizes. This video is going to go in my toolkit for when I show kids how size affects sound. I’ve used different sized boomwhackers, different sized drums, different sized Orff instruments and more, but this video quickly and easily shows how the size of the instrument changes the sound. How great would this be to show when you’re trying to get kids to understand soprano, alto, tenor, bass as it applies to recorders or Orff instruments. This is also fantastic, especially if you have a trombone or a slide whistle to show off in class, because it shows that when the slide goes out the sound changes.
What else could you use this for? Showing how an ensemble works? Solo vs ensemble? Accompaniment? Key Changes? Melody? Lots of ways to make this fun video educational!