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Here is our set up for our top group. Grades 9-12. Our second group is set up quite similar, with a few tweaks…and 2 rows of flutes (20something flutes in that group….)
Looking at band, rows left to right:
Row 1: Flutes
Row 2: 1st clarinets, 2nd clarinets, bass clarinets, bassoons, oboes
Row 3: 3rd clarinets, Altos, Tenors, Bari, Horn 4, Horn 3, Horn 2, Horn 1 (I’m going to flip flop the altos and horns this week though…too much horn sticking out there)
Row 4: 3rd trumpets, 2nd trumpets, 1st trumpets, tubas, euphoniums, trombones 3, trombone 2, trombone 1

Many alternatives, and reading about the flute listening is interesting…..does it really make a big difference if 1st is on the left or the right? Always open to suggestions.

The only thing I absolutely hate to hear/see are groups that have their horns on the outside and left side of the band. Thank you, but I don’t want to hear every fracked note with a french horn bell pointed directly at my face. Keeping them on the right, or in the center, is usually a better idea at the MS and HS level.