Last week I was on vacation in Arizona, and if you know my family at all, you will not be surprised to hear that one of our stops was at the Musical Instrument Museum.
Yes, it exists.
I learned that musical instruments come from all different times, all over the world, in all different shapes, sizes, colors, and sounds.
First, we’ll start with the old-looking ones.
A Tungehorn, AKA an old-looking clarinet
Chapeau Chinois (bell tree) from Belgium
Harpsichord with the key colors backwards
Some type of horn from Scandinavia
These next instruments, some teenage boy was just like, “Lemme grab some random crap and make noises to impress someone.”
Cantaro (vessel drum) from Spain
Reque-reque (scraper) from Portugal
Frottoir (scraper), USA
And at the most basic level…”The Stick”
But if everyone just played THESE instruments, maybe band people would get a good rap:
Basson russe (bass horn) possibly from France
Drum from the Beijing Olympics
At the Musical Instrument Museum, I learned that size does matter…
Bass trumpet, AKA “tuba in trumpet form.” The trumpet right above it is a normal size.
Martin trumpet (do I see a theme here?)
A harmonica trying to do its part! And wait…does that say trumpet again??
Not your mother’s hand bells.
…but animals apparently don’t matter.
Some bagpipe variations
This is called a Zaqq…MOOOOOO
Also, somehow Taylor Swift made it in here.
She shared a floor with an awesome, historic military piano that was parachuted down to soldiers during WWII.
G.I. Field Piano
Most importantly, though, I found a solution for all marching band directors’ problems: instruments that play themselves.
Sax mechanical mouth organ
Trumpet mechanical mouth organ
My dream: Clarola, the mechanical clarinet
The Musical Instrument Museum was actually one of the coolest museums I have ever been to! Make sure to visit if you are ever in Phoenix.