any wind instrument other than the brass instruments
A family of wind instruments in which the vibrations that cause sound occur on or within the instrument
Family of musical instruments including the piccolo, flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, bassoon, and other instruments (as opposed to the brass, string, and percussion families).
The woodwind family is less homogeneous in construction and sound production than the strings; it includes the piccolo, flute, oboe, English horn, clarinet and bassoon. The saxophone is a more recent woodwind instrument that is frequently heard in jazz. Example: Beethoven, Symphony No.9, fourth movement, "Turkish March" Real Audio: 28k | 56k | About this album The woodwind family, including flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons and contrabassoon, are featured in this march (along with percussion and with French horns, which blend well with woodwinds).