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Re: Cutting horns from 4 to 2 parts
I disagree. While not the most exciting part, the horn parts are essential to making a march sound correct. Along with the bass, they outline the chord progression in full harmony. With out them, all you get is root on one and three, you miss the harmony and a lot of the V7 chords through out.
So to say they add 'next to nothing' is very incorrect.
Now to answer the question, I would agree to cover the 1st and 2nd part. Make sure you get the 7th of the chord at the end of phrases covered.
Rewrite the 1st trombone part or euphonium part for horn and cut all four of them. They add next to nothing.
If you want to (for some reason) have those horn parts, have your horns play 1st and 2nd and rewrite 3rd and 4th for an alto sax and tenor sax if you have the spare bodies.
If I was cutting some horn parts from a traditional upbeat march from 4 parts to 2 parts what would you keep and what would you dump?