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Re: Would you go to UIL with missing sections? Directed at UIL judges.
Moving into less than ideal instrumentation situations a number of times I found that supplementing weak or non-existent sections with write-ins in strong sections. It was easier to have clarinets fill weak trumpet sections than vice versa. If you are weak on flutes you could use a synthesizer to compliment them. Most often I was writing in altos or euphoniums for an absent french horns. I tried an amplified "octave-voice" on a Euphonium to create a non-existent tuba section which worked well as long as the Euphonium part was doubling the bass line. Experiment and good luck!