OK, so neither a string bass nor a bassoon is a member of the flute family. Both instruments however, blend well with flutes and fill out the bass line of our music on pieces that benefit from a more robust low voice than that produced by alto and bass flutes.
Currently we’re extremely fortunate to have a string bass player in our ensemble. Also called a double bass or upright bass, this instrument is the largest and lowest-pitched bowed string instrument.
In the past, one of our members doubled on bassoon for some pieces. A double-reed instrument, the bassoon is known for its distinctive tone colour, wide range, and variety of character. Listeners often compare its warm, dark, reedy timbre to that of a male baritone voice.