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Tubas are brass instruments that play low notes. Instruments that are bigger can make very low sounds. Of course, they’re not usually this big!

A bugle is a very simple brass instrument. A bugle does not have valves. It cannot play as many notes as a brass instrument with valves. Still, people have made many songs with a bugle. It has been used in militaries since about 1750. In the military, different bugle songs or “calls” can tell soldiers what to do next. There are even lists of official bugle calls!

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Making Connections


Would you want to learn to play a brass instrument? If so, which one? If not, why not?


What other books have you read about musical instruments? How do those compare with this book?


Have you ever seen a brass musician perform? If so, what was it like? If not, which brass instrument would you like to see performed?

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