NHL to debut new musical instruments and percussion at Winter Classic
NHL will unveil its new musical instrument family for the 2017-18 season at the 2017 Winter Classic in Chicago.
The NHL will debut four new instruments and four new percussion instruments at the event at the Soldier Field ice-level on Sunday, Jan. 25.
“I’m looking forward to seeing these new instruments play at the game of hockey that we love,” NHL executive vice president and general manager John Collins said.
“This is one of the most dynamic outdoor events in the world, and I know the fans are going to be looking forward.”
The instruments will be introduced to the public at the NHL Annual General Meeting on Jan. 29, and the NHL will host the event on Sunday night with a live stream of the game.
The new instruments include two chimes, two whistles, two sirens, two clarinet, two bassoon, two saxophone, two flute, two cymbals, two drumsticks, two percussion instruments and two harp.
The new instruments will feature a six-string guitar with a “pivot-shaped” sound signature, a piano, two guitars and a bass guitar, and two violins.
The NHL will also announce new percussion and instruments that are expected to be used in the 2018 Winter Classic at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The league’s new instruments are expected for the 2018-19 season.
The instruments, which include a flute and a soprano saxophone in the new family, are expected be used during the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs and will be used at both the 2017 and 2018 World Cup of Hockey.
The two instruments are the second instrument family introduced in the past year and the first instruments to be introduced by the NHL.
The second instrument, the flute for the 2019 World Cup, will be a six string with a pivoting sound signature.
The first instruments introduced by NHL were the electric bass and a string quartet, but that instrument family has since been phased out.
The two new instruments introduced at the Winter Classic are expected in the 2019-20 season.