Discussion The origins of the concert band stems from military bands in the mid-1800s, organized particularly for brass and woodwind instruments and percussion. Their popularity rose in Britain and in the United States. With no string orchestra present, composers and arrangers are faced with how to account for the lack of strings. In classical orchestral music, the string section carry the large majority of compositions because of the wide versatility of the string orchestra, as I showed earlier with numerous examples. The light expressiveness of the violins and violas shift to the upper woodwinds. The faster cello parts are taken over by bassoons and saxophones. And the tuba, bass trombone, and the contrabassoon replace the contrabass. Some of the melodic lines would go to the horns and trumpets, but their ranges are very limited compared to the violins. That's where the upper woodwinds take over.