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The bassoon is the lowest member of the woodwind family and is essentially a long tube, folded in half, with lots of metal keys. If you were to “unfold” a bassoon, it would be almost 8 feet long! Even though the bassoon is much taller and bigger than the oboe, both instruments have a double reed. And, just like oboe players, bassoon players typically make their own reeds using cane, cork and thread.


Fei Xie

Principal Bassoon, Norman B. Mears Chair

J. Christopher Marshall