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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000986.txt from 2000/04

From: "Paulette W. Gulakowski" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Community Bands...
Date: Sat, 22 Apr 2000 23:41:01 -0400

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On Fri, 21 Apr 2000 15:30:33 -0700 "lorell girard"
<> writes:
> 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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