A Symphonic Orchestra normally consists of 4 families:
- The String family; violins, violas, cellos, and basses.
- The Brass family; trombones, trumpets, tubas, french horns, etc.
- The Woodwind family; single-reed instruments (saxophones, clarinets, the english horn, or "cor anglais"), and double-reed instruments (bassoon, and contrabassoon).
- The Percussion family; piano, tympani, snare drums, marimba, xylophone, vibraphone.
And of course, a Symphonic Orchestra always has a conductor, normally armed with the traditional "baton", a stick, normally white, used to conduct the beat of the song, and give cues.
A string quartet/quintet, also known as a Chamber Orchestra, has no conductor, and normally the 1st violinist cues the group. These small ensembles are responsible for a genre of music called "Chamber Music", music that is normally played within a home, or other small area, as opposed to an auditorium or major recital hall. Most high school orchestras are, in fact, Chamber Orchestras, normally quintets, consisting of several 1st violins, several 2nd violins, a much less number of violas, an almost equal number of cellos, and anywhere from 3 to 4 basses.
2)The most unrecognized group in High School. Like band, there are very memorable experiences that involve losing your virginity and long trips on the bus. Everyone lets loose in this cursed bus. Also, most of the insanity comes from the antics of the Cello and Bass sections, and sometimes by the Principal Violinist.
Also called a 'Symphony Orchestra' or a 'Philharmonic Orchestra'.
The band sounds much better than the orchestra but the orchestra is much cooler. The orchestra obviously has the most amazing people because who would have the guts to play in an orchestra in the first place?? Full of amazing inside jokes and wonderful awkward and random moments, orchestra is the coolest, most carnactic music group of all!!
Me: I'm going to Orchestra
Band Person: Ew, you guys suck.
Me: you're just JEALOUS.
Me: We strings will take over the world one day, so watch out.
: Oh, I was at a five piece orchestra.
I lost complete control of my bowels when Ness was rimming me.
Nothing is sweeter than an all male Orchestra.