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Musical wind instruments are conventionally divided into two families, the woodwinds and the brasses. Despite these names, the characteristics which distinguish brass instruments, such as the trumpet and trombone, from woodwinds, such as the flute and clarinet, have nothing to do with the material of construction. This talk explores the science of brass instruments, with many demonstrations including instruments made from paper, horn, wood and plastic. High speed photography, artificial lips and Schlieren optical visualisation of sound waves are among the techniques which have been used to reveal the underlying physics of brass instrument behaviour.