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Where can you play clarinet?

While to play clarinet as a solo instrument can be a very enjoyable experience, many clarinet players look forward to joining an ensemble and share their music making with other players. There is a multitude of options for the clarinet player who wants to join a group, with clarinets being involved in groups of all sizes and genres.

Many students have their first experience as clarinetists in school bands. Many of these bands are concert bands – a group of musicians who play brass, woodwind and percussion instruments. Other players begin in student orchestras. These can be good opportunities, as not only do beginners get to play with other clarinetist (concert bands usually have up to 12 clarinets; and orchestra usually has three clarinets along with a bass clarinet). If a school has enough students learning clarinet they may form a choir or orchestra of clarinets, which will feature the clarinet as the only instrument, though usually with the different versions of the clarinets included.

Clarinets are an important part of most marching and military bands – they have the ability to be heard over many instruments when they are played in their higher registers, and they are a lightweight instrument, meaning they are not such a struggle for young players to carry while marching!

Clarinets feature often in jazz ensembles. They are most often featured in big bands (sometimes often known as swing bands). However, jazz is a flexible enough medium that many ensembles are simply formed by whatever instruments are available, meaning that the clarinet can usually play a part.

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