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Thought to be the very first musical instrument, concert flutes are one of the most common instruments in an orchestra.
Unlike woodwind instruments with reeds, the flute is a reedless wind instrument that produces its sound by the flow of air across an opening. As well as being a very popular orchestral instrument, the flute has gradually found its way into Big Band, jazz, and even classic rock music.
The Piccolo is part of the Woodwind family.
Italian for “small”, the piccolo is essentially a small flute, with sound produced the same way as a regular-sized flute, and plays the highest sounds in an orchestra.
A flute player will often also play the piccolo, and you can hear it perform as part of traditional drum corps and marching band music.