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Re: All state placement excerpts
Yes they may audition on higher horns, but they must play the entire audition on the same instrument. So a kid can choose to play the audition on Bb or C trumpet, but canít play the Bb stuff on Bb and the C stuff on C. Itís one or the other.
The music needs to be more clear. Pictures will probably need a picc and C trumpet ( not critical). Are the kids allowed to audition on higher horns? I have no issue exposing non music majors to great orchestral works. There is no criteria for enjoying music.
This issue is that the excerpts should be more clearly marked. Research should not fall on the band directors who may or may not be orchestrally trained. Also, I respectfully disagree that we should be preparing our kids for orchestral playing. I have had over 10 All State trumpet students and only 2 were remotely interested in orchestra. However, those excerpts were part of the audition and they had to prepare them as if they were.
If you imagine they are all well known pieces, you would be wrong. "Well known to who?" Again, not all band directors are "orchestra fluent" and not all schools have orchestra programs. I believe they are doing "Pictures" this year. But, the music selected is not always "well known" and even if it was, the onus to make excerpts clear falls on TMEA.
Can you post some pictures of the packet? Iím curious whatís confusing about the music, i imagine theyíre all well known pieces & with a bit of research you could verify what key the parts are in. Nothing wrong for parts to be in C, or any other key. Itís just part of orchestral playing we should be preparing our kids for.