The saxophone is classified as a woodwind because it is played using a reed. Saxophones are actually made of brass. The saxophone has a single red and mouthpiece like a clarinet, but it has a metal body with a flared bell.

There are four major sizes of saxophones, each playing a different range of notes: soprano, alto, tenor and baritone. Saxophones make a strong, mellow sound.

The saxophone is one instrument that is normally found in bands and wind ensembles, but only very rarely plays in the orchestra.