- Horn section
symphony orchestrathe horn section is the group of musicians who play the horn (sometimes referred to as the French horn), a brass instrument descended from the natural hornthat consists of about convert|12|ft|m of tubing (for a single horn in the key of F), wrapped into a compact, coiled form with a flared bell. These musicians are typically seated to the back of the ensemble and may be on either side at the director's discretion. Placing them to the left with their bells towards the audience will increase the prominence of the section whereas on the right they will have their sound reflected off the back of the stage, with the order from the principal horn (1st horn) to the 4th horn being right to left from the director's view. The section is ordered in this way so the principle horn may be heard by all players as the principle sets the timbre and intonation of the section.
classical musicgroups such as blues, funk, or rock bands, the horn section refers to a group of wind instrumentalists — usually saxophone, trumpetand tromboneplayers. In blues and jazz, saxophones and brass instruments are colloquially referred to as "horns." The horn section usually has written parts which are prepared by an arrangerusing orchestrationtechniques to provide a harmonic and melodic accompaniment to a songor musical group. In some cases, the horn section may improvise a simple backing part using well-known "stock" lines.
Horn sections are an integral part of musical genres such as
jazz, R&B, blues, funk, calypso, ska, soul musicand gospel music. Most of these horn sections feature some combination of saxophones, trumpets and trombones. More rarely, other wind or brass instruments such as flute, clarinetor tubamay be added.
musical genres also use horn sections for some songs, such as rock and pop bands.
Notable horn sections
Horn sections in blues bands and funk groups may be made up of
session musicians playing arranged parts, or they may be a consistent group of musicians. A small number of horn sections used a consistent group of musicians that became well-known as a unit.
Blood, Sweat & Tears
* The Bonaroo Horns
* Chops (original horn section for Sugar Hill Records )
* The Fat City Horns [http://www.santafeandthefatcityhorns.com]
The Horny Horns
* Hornz Unlimited of
The Kick Horns
The Know HowHorns
* Lips (in
Stanley Clarke's band during the 70's )
* [http://www.martinbrotherhorns.com/about_us.htm Martin Brother Horns] AKA Boppin' Brass (L.A. Boppers )
The Memphis Horns
* The Muscle Shoals Horns
Phenix Hornsfrom Earth Wind & Fire
* The Punk Funk Horns
* The Sweet Magnolia Horns
Tower of PowerHorns
The Miami Horns
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