A baton is a thin pointed stick of about 12-16 inches, used by a conductor to amplify and specify the movements he or she uses to communicate visually with an ensemble of musicians.

A baton is a thin pointed stick of about 12-16 inches, used by a conductor to amplify and specify the movements he or she uses to communicate visually with an ensemble of musicians.

Conductors' batons are made of two parts.

  • The shaft is typically made out of wood and painted white for visibility, but they can also be made of fiberglass, graphite, carbon fiber, or backlit transparent glass or acrylic for nighttime applications.
  • The handle is made of wood, metal, or rubber, and serves to balance the weight of the shaft, and provide a shape that matches the conductor's preference for grip. Some conductors prefer a baton without a handle.
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