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Re: Butterfly's Ball with only 5 percussionists?
Most band pieces can be played with a person or two less with little to no parts left out. You may have to go through and re assign parts (random example give the percussion 2 sus/crash part to the bass drum and timpani) or do things like leave out double parts with winds/keyboards (though you do lose texture). Iíve given a smart snare player the snare and bass part at the same time and they use a kick drum. There are endless possibilities. JH music specifically, do what you need to to make it work so long as itís not ridiculous. Now if we are talking about grade 5 lit and stuff, then I would make the case for keeping the musical integrity.