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The oboe is a school owned instrument, meaning FISD will provide an oboe for your student while in band in the district. Each year the oboe families will pay a rental fee. The oboe being a double reed instrument requires handmade reeds that will be purchased a few at a time every few months!

What's an Oboe?

The oboe is a double-reed instrument and member of the woodwind family. Oboes are usually made of wood, but there are also oboes made of synthetic materials.


The oboe is commonly used in concert bands, orchestras, chamber music, film music, in some genres of folk music, and as a solo instrument, and is occasionally heard in jazz, rock music, pop music, and popular music.

How to Play

Unlike the clarinet or saxophone, the oboe uses a double reed. The sound is made by blowing a stream of air into the mouthpiece (known as embouchure), and pressing down on the instrument's keys. This changes the pitch by opening and closing holes on the instrument, creating higher or lower notes. Varying the air flow into the instrument can affect the pitch, volume, and type of sound created. The standard Baroque oboe is generally made of boxwood and has three keys: a "great" key and two side keys (the side key is often doubled to facilitate use of either the right or left hand on the bottom holes). In order to produce higher pitches, the player has to "overblow", or increase the air stream to reach the next harmonic.


Music for the standard oboe is written in concert pitch (i.e. it is not a transposing instrument), and the instrument has a soprano range, usually from B♭3 up to G6. Orchestras normally tune to a concert A played by the oboe.

Famous People who played the oboe:

  • Julia Roberts (actress)


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