Category:        Woodwind

Ensemble/s:    Rookie Band, Concert Band and Symphonic Band

Sound Production: The clarinet produces a sound by blowing through a mouthpiece, which has a single reed attached. The reed vibrates to produce the sound.

Interesting Facts:

  • The clarinet is one of the newer orchestral instruments, invented at the start of the 19th century.
  • There are several different sized clarinet. Students may choose to play the bass clarinet in the school band program.
  • Clarinets have been made from various materials, including boxwood and ebony.
  • In early days, the reed was secured in place by windings of string instead of being attached by a ligature. Today, granadilla or plastic is now the most commonly used material for clarinet making.
  • Famous composers who have written for the clarinet are Mozart, Brahms, Weber, Copeland and Benny Goodman.