The bassoon (or fagott) is a double-reed woodwind instrument, and is the lower-pitched relative of the oboe. The bassoon is a non-transposing instrument known for its distinctive tone color, wide range, variety of character and agility. Listeners often compare its warm, dark, reedy timbre to that of a male baritone voice. A musician who plays the bassoon is called a bassoonist or bassoon player.
In some concert bands, the bassoons are their own separate section from the oboes, but in other bands, the bassoons and oboes are combined in one “double reeds” section, which is what the Kitauji concert band does.
Like oboists, most bassoonists did not start on their own instrument. Just as an oboist usually learns a year or two of clarinet or flute before switching to oboe, a bassoonist has typically played oboe for a year or two before switching to bassoon.
As portrayed in Hibike! Euphonium
There are two bassoon players in the Kitauji concert band:
In addition, Mizore Yoroizuka is the only oboe player in the band. The three of them together form the "double reeds" section.
- Bassoonists are typically stereotyped as being lonely, incompetent at their instrument, and generally dimwitted. However, Raina Kitamura completely defies their stereotype with her graceful playing during her solo in Crescent Moon Dance and her good representation of her section at section leader meetings.
- Both Raina and Mikino were among the first to react to Reina Kousaka's superior playing during her trumpet audition, implying the pair's good musical talent/awareness.
- In American school bands, bassoonists are frequently teased by their immature peers because their instrument name ("Fagott") sounds awfully similar to another word.