The Soprano is the soprano voice in the
bugle choir. It was the first bugle in the bugle family evolving over the
years from single tubing to one valve to the current 3 valves. It's closest cousin in the marching or concert band world is the
more commonly known Trumpet. A typical full size horn line the soprano will
broken up into 3 parts.
The Mellophone is the alto voice in the bugle choir. It's closest marching
or concert band
cousin is the F Mellophone, or B flat French Horn. The Mellophone is the primary
mid-range voice in most modern corps. There are typically two and sometime three
separate parts for a Mellophone used in the horn line.
The Baritone is the tenor/baritone voice
in the bugle choir. It's closest marching or concert band cousin is the Trombone and
of course Baritone. However, the Baritone Bugle is much darker and richer than a Trombone.
In a typical bugle line there will be 3 separate baritone parts.
The Contrabass or more commonly known as
Contra and is the bass voice in the bugle choir. It is also the largest instrument.
It's closest concert or marching band cousins are the Tuba and Sousaphone.
The Contrabass Bugle, which was developed
in 1959 by the Canadian instrument
is the only bugle class
instrument that was never produced in a valve-less style. The
Contra has an incredibly rich, dark bass sound. Typically a contra line
will have 1 possibly 2 parts.
Contra Bass Bugles
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