The E♭ clarinet, or piccolo clarinet, is a member of the clarinet family. It is about half the length of a soprano B♭ clarinet and is higher pitched by four whole steps. The E♭ clarinet is used for its brighter timbre and higher pitch range.
A person who plays the E♭ clarinet is called an E♭ clarinetist, E♭ clarinet player, or E♭ player.
In school concert band settings, E♭ players are typically chosen out of the top
three or four clarinet players in the section. Unlike other high woodwinds, E♭ clarinets are typically paid for by school funds and lent to students from the school.
As portrayed in Hibike! Euphonium
Maina Kase is the only E♭ clarinet player in the Kitauji Concert Band.
- E♭ clarinets are known for their pitch being extremely difficult to control.