ABOUT THE FRENCH HORN:
The French Horn is the also a member of the brass family. The sound of the French Horn is produced by buzzing into a small mouthpiece similar to a trumpet. Students with good musical ears (such as Honor Choir students) should consider French Horn.
While orthodontia is somewhat troublesome to a French Horn player, it is not impossible to make good sounds with braces. A slight overbite is okay, but an underbite can severely hinder progress on French Horn. Because the bell of the French horn rests on the knee of the player while playing, it is imperative that a student’s upper torso be long enough to accommodate the size of the French Horn to make good sounds and that players be able to demonstrate sitting straight up when asked to do so. The French Horn’s valves are manipulated with the LEFT hand.
Because of the difficult nature of French horn notes (mentioned above), students should exhibit GREAT ability to match sung or played pitches by humming or singing. Perhaps this is a good instrument choice for students who have participated in piano lessons or honor choir groups. Students with a history of academic or behavioral problems will NOT be selected for French horn. Hughes provides French horns for students at a cost of $50 for an entire school year. This $50 usage fee covers all general maintenance for the instrument and will be collected at the beginning of the school year.
CELEBRITY FRENCH HORN PLAYERS
VANESSA WILLIAMS - SINGER
EWAN MCGREGOR - ACTOR
SAMUEL L. JACKSON - ACTOR