Re: Double Reed Marching Secondary
Posted by Me on 3/4/2021, 11:21 am, in reply to "Double Reed Marching Secondary"
In my experience, many of your bassoon and oboe students have had piano experience as well. |
This makes them ideal to supplement your mallet percussion players or piano players in your front ensemble.
If you don't have a particularly large percussion section, they can also fill in on the cymbal line or accessories in the front ensemble, adding more players to your battery.
I've also had a bassoonist that held an alto sax for the entire year with no mouthpiece in marching band.
Do what's in the best interest of the kid. If you're a school that starts kids on flute or clarinet and switches them to oboe/bassoon, they have some background on those instruments and can march it if you/they want to.
Finally - what's wrong with having your bassoonist sit on the sideline in a chair in your front ensemble and play, if it would fit your musical selection?
Asking a freshman to pick up a brand new instrument with a brand new embouchure and fingering system while ALSO learning how to march, however, is a bit much. There's a reason most of us don't march beginners. Why would you make a bassoonist do it?