A B flat pitched woodwind instrument, normally used in concert, marching, and jazz bands. A clarinet has a very large range, over 3 octaves, as well as a warm tone quality when played correclty. Clarients are black and most commonly made of grenadilla wood or African blackwood or plastic, with nickel or silver keys. It is 2 feet and 2 1/4 inches long. A clarinet uses a reed to produce a tone. Overall, the clarinet may be one of the most, if not the most versitile instrument in any band or orchestra because of its huge range and different sounds as you change through the octaves. When played correctly, all the octaves can sound beautiful and smooth transitions are possible.
The clarinet soloist switched through her ranges without difficuty and the beautiful sound that was produced was like that of a lullaby.
by MountainDew July 13, 2005
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An instrument made of complete win. Usually the band directors favorite section due to the fact that they actually learn their parts, and don't talk while they're talking. Most of the time are in tune
Teacher: Clarinets and Flutes play measures 17-23.

*they play*
Teacher: Good job clarinets. Flutes, you need practice so you can sound like the clarinets.
by 1stchairclarinet August 27, 2011
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An instrument, but also used as a women's name
Aliza: for the band recitle i will be playing a clarinet

Tristan: I knew a bitch named clarinet
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Band Director: Ok band from the beginning
After the song ends
Band Director: Clarinets are you even playing
by fermatata November 23, 2018
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warm, noble, bright-sounding instrument when played by a GOOD player
anyone who thinks clarinet's a piece of crap: hey, how well can u play it? maybe u have not seen a good clarinetist yet...
by David Le Ber September 4, 2003
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The most amazing instrument in the band. Can be used as a weapon, spit cannon, and a way to drive your band teacher crazy. it has over 3 octaves, and with practice, it sounds great. If a clarinet is cursed, like mine, it will become great friends with the repair man. The clarinetists are the most energetic and devoted members of the band. We tend to burst out into laughter once in a while, but when its show time, we run around a few times and get serious. The instrument uses a reed, which tends to break... alot. It looks like a jig-saw puzzle when you first open the case, but with a little cork grease, it goes together perfectly. Clarinets also tend to run away, or play hide and go seek, yes they do have imaginary legs. It takes a while to find it, but you always do. When they are dropped, it makes a loud and obnoxious noise, then the teacher starts laughing, then the whole band. Clarinets do not sound well when you just ate LOTS of pretzels, and backwash gets in and comes out the cannon. With bass clarinets, the sound is low and its extremely hard to reach a high C. You can't drop a bass clarinet because there is a neck strap around your ankle, just kidding, your neck.
I'm sorry! I didn't mean to drop my Clarinet during rehearsal! ITS THE CURSE
by JoJoU August 30, 2008
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Only the best instrument ever. Very easy to learn, but hard to actually get good at. Despite common beliefs from the other sections and the pit, you do have to be smart to play it. Only the smartest people can make section leader.

Usually the section as a whole is disfunctional, but is better than the rest of the band. Despite what the cologuard thinks, we make the band look pretty, not them.

Usually the ones that play other instruments, (french horn) and they are the ones in band who get all the guys.

Band class would fail without clarinets.
Do you ever see clarinets falling while they march?
by Daryan. June 3, 2009
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