Reply To: Band Seating
I have seen the flutes on the left side, but it is not ideal. Flute players hear best the person to their left so assuming that the best player is to the left the next person in line can than hear the better player. Most people also want their best players on the outside of the ensemble visually for the audience so having the flutes on the directors left is not ideal.
That being said in my 5th grade, 1st year, band I put the flutes where ever they fit best because they all pretty much sound the same at this time of the year.