Low brass instruments like the baritone and euphonium are used often in concert band and orchestral music. They are often not featured prominently when played in ensembles but the low brass family of instruments often provides the harmony and is a very important part of any ensemble.
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The baritone is not the same as the euphonium. The baritone has a smaller bore size and a smaller bell than the euphonium. It also has cylindrical tubing, meaning that a person could remove a main tuning slide, rotate and replace it backwards. Baritones have a very light, bright sound which contrasts with the more powerful, richer, darker sound of the euphonium.
The euphonium, compared to the baritone, has a larger bore and larger bell. They are essentially conical-bore instruments. That is, their tubing is almost contantly expanding from the mouthpiece to the bell. The euphonium has a powerful, rich, and dark sound.