I highly enjoy music, and would like to know what would be better to play in if I do not have any real preference for any genre (I listen to rock the most often and I am the most familiar with it, but in the end I like them all equally). I enjoy most styles of music, but here is the list of the genres that bother me:
-Pop (only if it's lead by synths and electronic drums or just chords/too simple melody on acoustic guitar/piano; other than those two styles, I don't mind the genre)
-New popular rap
-Some forms of electronic
-New country (or more appropriately, rural pop)
Obviously, neither ensemble would play those genres at all (or at least extremely unlikely), but just to give the idea that my musical tastes are flexible.
Also one final question: what are some advantages and disadvantages of each besides instrumentation? They can relate either directly to music and/or the personality of the people in each ensemble, since I am a relatively social person in addition to having a passion for music. (I already know that orchestras have the advantage of more sections and more types of instruments, but band has a better variety of instruments in the sections that are in a band).
I've also been playing piano for about three years. I mainly play classical and traditional songs. I know piano is not used in either of these ensembles, but if I were to join either of these ensembles at one point of my life, what instrument would my piano skills carry over to best?
Also, I'm sure you understand this, but just to make sure, I am referring to a concert band with about 40 - 70 musicians and brass, woodwind, and percussion sections, NOT a rock band with about 3 - 6 musicians and guitar, bass, drums, etc.