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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000936.txt from 2000/04

From: "lorell girard" <>
Subj: [kl] Community Bands...
Date: Sat, 22 Apr 2000 08:04:10 -0400

Any listers out there involved in community bands, please respond...
I am section leader in my local community band, and am interested in how
others in community bands handle the sticky "seating" issues. Audition is
an "eight letter word" in our community (for adults that is) but all the
high schoolers and some middle schoolers have either a challenge system or
audition for chairs. The notion that people don't need to play for the
director and/or section leader at some point to determine seating is foreign
to me, having had to do it that way through middle school, high school, and
college myself.
Would appreciate anyone's take on this. To be fair to the stronger players
and keep a good balanced sound in the section we are currently rotating
people, giving various players, if competent and comfortable doing so, the
opportunity to play different parts at different times, always keeping one
or two real leaders in every section.
Thanks in advance.
Lorell Girard
Bend, OR

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