Jazz Seat Placement

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Passion, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. dhbailey

    dhbailey Piano User

    Jul 28, 2009
    New Hampshire
    Each part is important, but it's important that people who will do the best job on that part sit in that chair. For whatever reason your leader didn't think you were the best person for that lead book. It shouldn't matter to you -- your job (actually the job of any/all members of an ensemble) is to do what it takes to help the ensemble sound its best, and if that means playing the 4th book, then do it as if it were the most important book in the band. Don't ever look on your assignment as "punishment" or "demotion" but rather look on it as a re-apportioning of the band's resources to get the best result.

    When I used to conduct a community orchestra, I was floored at the first rehearsal at how much the string players' egos were tied up with which stand they were at and whether they were inside-chair or outside-chair. I'd never run into such egotism in any of the school bands or community bands I'd played in or conducted.

    Don't let your ego get in the way of being a great team player.
  2. Al Innella

    Al Innella Forte User

    Aug 9, 2007
    Levittown , NY
    While it takes a certain talent to be a lead player ,it also takes a certain talent to be a section player ,breathing,phrasing, matching volume etc. with the lead, and sounding as one is not easy, besides usually the solos are placed mostly in the section parts.

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