The LOW BRASS ENSEMBLE
Low Brass Ensemble Music is a new type of listening and performance opportunity. The musical sound is a
cross between the Trombone Choir and the Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, which are both popular groups.
They each exclude the other half of the low brass section however, so the goal of the Low Brass
Ensemble is to allow all of the low brass instruments to participate in one group.
The instrumentation for the Low Brass Ensemble is trombone 1, trombone 2, euphonium, and tuba.
The music is all 4-part writing, so the Low Brass Ensemble can be used for chamber music as a
quartet, or with multiple players on each part as a large ensemble, even using the entire low
brass section if desired. From an educator's perspective, it can be an easier ensemble to
assemble than an all trombone or all tuba/euphonium group, plus it involves all of the low
This suggested instrumentation is the best sounding, yet the Low Brass Ensemble is very flexible if
adjustments need to be made. It works with just about any combination of the low brass instrument family you may
have, as long as the players can handle the part. Examples: 3 trombones and tuba, 3 euphoniums
and tuba, 1 trombone, 2 euphoniums, and tuba, etc. From an educational standpoint,
participation is the key.
Listening to Low Brass Ensemble musical performance is a wonderful experience! It combines the brilliance of the
Trombone Choir with the richness of the Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble. As it is a new group, literature
is limited. Norlan Bewley has written Low Brass Ensemble music for use in his Performance Through
Participation clinics, and is developing a music series in book form for the LBE.
Our new Play-Along Practice Music Sets. Pick your part and instrument and play along with Norlan's Low Brass Ensemble