We all have our hobbies, and we all have our career - but how often do they intersect? Sometimes, they don't. But other times, they come together with amazing results. That was the case for Dutch engineer André Adams, who combined his passion for engineering with his musical pastime in 1970 and began repairing brass instruments. Things only grew from there, and today his company has expanded into a world leader in its field. Adams brass instruments are designed with function and playability as the highest priorities, which is probably why the product lineup is dedicated to marching percussion: these are "working" instruments with a job to do - and do well.
If you're new to brass, you may be asking what sets a marching instrument apart from a standard one. The best way to answer that question is to show, so picture a typical tuba and French horn, then take a look at the Adams MTB1 Series Marching BBb Tuba and the MF1 Series Marching Bb French Horn. They look very different, and it comes down to the traits marching brass is designed for: light weight, centered balance and a horizontal playing position. This way, the instruments are easier to play while marching so band members can handle even the longest parades and ceremonies.
Other instruments you'll find in this section, like the MT1 Series Marching Bb Trumpet and ME1 Series Marching Euphonium, are a bit more similar to their non-marching equivalents. Still, there are various tweaks to make them better suited to marching bands. For instance, the trumpet is super lightweight at just 2.2 lbs, and the euphonium's valves and mouthpiece are relocated for a more marching-friendly playing position.
While Adams has made plenty of adjustments to these instruments to fit the marching format, there is one thing that's even more important: craftsmanship. No matter how well it's laid out, an instrument has to be well-built to perform its best, and Adams brass instruments definitely fit the bill. That's why they're a common sight in marching bands all over the world, so whether you're picking up a marching instrument for the first time or the ninety-first, Adams is a fine choice.