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Freshmen Band Solos.....Ever Seen One?

Sat Sep 24, 2005 5:20 am

Title says it all. I'll reveal at the end of this thread why I'm asking....  Wink

This is a poll, but opinions are welcome.

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RE: Freshmen Band Solos.....Ever Seen One?

Sat Sep 24, 2005 5:33 am

Are we talking High School Bands? College? Marching? Lab Band? What?
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RE: Freshmen Band Solos.....Ever Seen One?

Sat Sep 24, 2005 5:37 am

Ah forgot to specify. High School bands during football games/concerts and things.


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RE: Freshmen Band Solos.....Ever Seen One?

Sat Sep 24, 2005 5:42 am

Sure. If they are a kick ass (insert instrument) player, it's can happen.

My high school marching band was 200+ members, and there were some good freshmen.

When I was a "fish" in 1976, there was a huge influx of freshman. We had a tradition, when one is a senior, to come down and have the band play the school song, at the end of the last season game. When we all went down in 1980, it looked like about half the band was missing.
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RE: Freshmen Band Solos.....Ever Seen One?

Sat Sep 24, 2005 7:42 am

Well.....that means

Yes:2 (Me included)
No:0

Wow...interesting

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RE: Freshmen Band Solos.....Ever Seen One?

Sat Sep 24, 2005 8:33 am

It all depends on the band director. Some pretend you don't exist until you're a junior. Some will let you do it if your performance looks reliably better than the other options. Most fall somewhere in between.

I got to play a solo as a freshman during a marching band practice once. I think the idea was making sure there was a backup for the solo that lasted about a quarter the duration of the opener in case the senior who ordinarily did it got sick.

It's probably a little more common in jazz band, with more solos to go around and less people for them to go around to. I don't remember any solos freshman year, but there was what amounted to a feature fanfare because there was a song the director really wanted to do that called for some instrumentation that was unconventional for a jazz band.  Smile
 
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RE: Freshmen Band Solos.....Ever Seen One?

Sat Sep 24, 2005 9:08 am

last year i had the trumpet solo, for the Seminole High School warhawks, i was a freshmen so yeah its possible, this is in the marching band for all you guys who like marching bands we performed at BOA atlanta super regionals we got like 4rd or something and BOA at the tropicana feild here in St. Pete FL we got second this year we are doing all the same competitions but we are also doing the Grand Nationals up in Indy in the RCA dome so i guess we are pretty good, but i hate band, Love to play hate the marching band

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RE: Freshmen Band Solos.....Ever Seen One?

Sat Sep 24, 2005 9:49 am

Ah... so now it is:

Yes:4
No:0

Doing good!

What would you say if there were 3 solos, 3 seniors (all very good trumpet players), and 2 got solos and the last one went to a freshman?

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RE: Freshmen Band Solos.....Ever Seen One?

Sat Sep 24, 2005 11:37 am

I was first chair first trumpet back in 1977. I had to play Malagueña on a cold night during a football halftime show. What a goddamned pain in the chops!  wideeyed 

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RE: Freshmen Band Solos.....Ever Seen One?

Sun Sep 25, 2005 8:11 am

well i dont think solos should be given away to the senior because they may suck, but some say if you have been there 4 years or what ever the senoir gets is over freshmen or sm or jr whatever, i disagree they should be give to the person who can play it the best...
 
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RE: Freshmen Band Solos.....Ever Seen One?

Sun Sep 25, 2005 9:33 am

Does Jazz band count?
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RE: Freshmen Band Solos.....Ever Seen One?

Sun Sep 25, 2005 9:42 am

Back in 1977 when I was a Freshman in HS, I played clarinet in band. We only had one band, so Freshmen were a welcome addition. We had a really talented Freshman clarinetist who got all the solos, period. I had the opportunity as a Sophomore (after football season) to do a clarinet trio by Francois Couperin with him and another Sophomore. By the time I was a senior, there were too many clarinetists, and because I had "good rhythm" as our director said, I got to play bass drum for all the football games that year. Much cooler than clarinet, I'll say.

By then I had been playing guitar, electric bass for three years and getting into Jimi Hendrix, Cream, the Beatles, the Who, etc., so I had an image to uphold, y'understand?
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RE: Freshmen Band Solos.....Ever Seen One?

Sun Sep 25, 2005 10:12 am

Sure I have, infact, I was one of them at my high school.

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