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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000896.txt from 2001/05

Subj: Re: [kl] Re: Third Clarinet
Date: Wed, 30 May 2001 13:21:43 -0400

In a message dated 5/30/01 12:13:11 PM Central Daylight Time, writes:

<< Perhaps we would not have the
unnecessary competition and hard feelings in many high school bands if the
prima dona clarinet players who "challenge and win" fully understood the
harmonic importance of ALL the members of the section. >>

I totally agree. When I was in high school, the director experimented with
what he called "vertical seating" - that is, we were not seated in a strict
hierarchy according to audition results, but strong players were assigned to
2nd and 3rd clarinet in order to better balance the section. The students
seemed to understand what was going on, for the most part. The parents did
not. End of experiment.
I've also run into parents who got upset when their kid was assigned to
Reed IV

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