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An orchestra is a large group of musicians performing together, usually led by a conductor. In its strictest sense the term is used to identify a group having instruments from all four of the major families of musical instrument: strings, brass, woodwind and percussion.

Evolution of the orchestra

The word orchestra ultimately derives from the ancient Greek word ορχήστρα referring to for the area at the front of the stage where the chorus would dance.[1]Over time, the word became associated with the musicians who now played there.