What kind of brass instrument plays the intro on Hypnotic Brass Ensemble's Spottie?


I discovered Spottie by Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. It is a cover of one of the songs by Outkast.

Can someone tell me what kind of brass instrument begins at 0:09 and makes this deep sound?

Simon Ravelingien

Posted 2015-08-27T21:21:44.307

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This instrument is called Sousaphone.


You can check the credits on Discogs and see there is no bass guitar.

Baritone Saxophone – Uttama Hubert
Drums – Eamonn Hall
Sousaphone – Tycho Cohran
Trombone – Saiph Graves, Seba Graves
Trumpet – Amal Hubert, Gabriel Hubert, Jafar Graves, Tarik Graves

You can hear a demo here.


Posted 2015-08-27T21:21:44.307

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1Tycho Cohran is actually pictured in the Wikipedia article on the sousaphone. :) – Chris Sunami – 2017-01-09T17:48:31.640

@ChrisSunami, you are so right! I haven't seen it first time. – Bebs – 2017-01-09T17:50:44.737


The group you are referring to is the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. They have a website and a Facebook page, and a Twitter account. Why not contact them and ask them?


They list a baritone horn and two trombones in the ensemble. But they also have a bass guitar. This bass line sounds like the baritone horn, perhaps with a trombone doubling the line.


Posted 2015-08-27T21:21:44.307


I'm actually asking because it has a very unique sound and it doesn't really feel like it's a brass instrument. (but I have just a little knowledge about these instruments) ;) – Simon Ravelingien – 2015-08-28T21:59:28.653