The bands also have flutes! – Port Isabel-Sud Padre Press


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Ask Ashlea Brianna Carter if flutes are important to the sound of a marching band, and she’ll give you a “Yes!” Categorically.

The press, keen to provide equal coverage to all sections of the Port Isabel Silver Tarpon Marching Band, recently spoke to Carter to discuss her experience.

“I believe they are important,” Carter said. “On the high notes (they) just make the music pop a bit more.”

When asked to name the instruments in your standard marching band, most people will mention trumpets, trombones, tubas, or one of the percussion instruments. The flutes seem to be an afterthought. There are 14 or 15 flutes in this year’s edition of the band Silver Tarpon and they certainly contribute to the overall sound of the band. Do not tell any of them that they are not an integral part of the musical atmosphere of their group.

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