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The King & Carter Jazzing Orchestra photographed in Houston, Texas, January 1921
The Jalisco Philarmonic Orchestra is an example of a musical ensemble.

A musical ensemble, also known as a music group, is a group of people who perform instrumental or vocal music, typically known by a distinct name. In classical music, trios or quartets either blend the sounds of musical instrument families (such as piano, strings, and wind instruments) or group together instruments from the same instrument family, such as string ensembles or wind ensembles. In jazz ensembles, the instruments typically include wind instruments (one or more saxophones, trumpets, etc.), one or two chordal "comping" instruments (electric guitar, piano, or organ), a bass instrument (bass guitar or double bass), and a drummer or percussionist. In rock ensembles, usually called rock bands, there are usually guitars and keyboards (piano, electric piano, Hammond organ, synthesizer, etc.) and a rhythm section made up of a bass guitar and drum kit.


Musical ensemble sections
Intro  Classical chamber music  Jazz ensembles  Rock and pop bands   Musical drama   Other western musical ensembles  See also  References  External links  

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