Post # 1
For the ceremony, I’d like something more full than just a quartet, but not a whole orchestra. Is there such a thing as a half orchestra? Or maybe something in between a quartet and a half orchestra??
Is there such a thing? If so, what do you call it?
Post # 3
I’m having a brass quintet (group of 5) play our ceremony music.
You probably know this but if not, it’s pretty straight forward:
6 would be musicians would be a sextet; 7 is a septet; 8 is an octet; 9 is a nonet; and 10 or more would be an ensemble or chamber ensemble. Sometimes they’re also called a choir (like a brass choir). There is usually specific instrumentation for the smaller ensemble sizes and who plays what will depend on if it’s a woodwind, brass, or string type of ensemble.
For example, a standard brass quintet (like I have playing at my wedding) is almost always made up of 2 trumpets, a french horn, a trombone and a tuba. You often have more flexibility with instrumentation as the ensemble gets larger.
It sounds like you want more of a chamber ensemble. I would google that information in your area to see if there is anything available for hire. You could also ask someone who is knowledgable about music for their advice. Call you local colleges and talk to their music departments to see if they can put you in touch with instrument ensembles. Good luck.