Salsa band instruments vary depending on which style is being played, which has a lot to do with geographic influence. Almost always, salsa music has a piano, a brass section and a rhythm section. Because the beat is so important in salsa bands, there are often a large amount of percussion instruments.
The specific instruments used in salsa are the percussion section, tenor and alto saxophones, a trumpet section, baritone, a trombone section, piano, and an electric or upright bass. The percussion section can feature any of the following instruments – bongos, cymbals, conga drums, claves, cowbells, cascaras and timbales. All of these percussion instruments give salsa it’s awesome latin vibe and intricate beat.
Salsa bands can perform an extensive collection of songs. They often include a song-like section in the beginning, then a montuno break with vocal call and response. These songs also include instrumental breaks and jazzy solos in many cases.
All of these elements are necessary to create the perfect salsa band. When all of these pieces are melded together, a spicy, hot sound is created. This sound is absolutely perfect for any event or wedding because it provides a festive feeling and people can’t help but dance when they hear it.
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