baritone in treble Clef
Tagged: band instrumentation
September 16, 2012 at 2:07 pm #12307
The auditions coordinator in my district refuses to admit that baritone in treble clef is a real instrument. Can anyone give clarity to this issue. I have many band scores that include this part and I often transfer a trumpet player tat is having difficulty on higher notes to this instrument. Please advise.September 16, 2012 at 8:40 pm #12312
Why don’t you ask for input from your All-State coordinator (assuming this isn’t the same person, of course!!). I did the same drill – started on trumpet, switched to (shhhh!) treble clef baritone and finally learned bass clef early in college. You’ve done a reasonable thing moving the kid to baritone. What would the student have done otherwise? Given up in frustration? We all have band scores that call for baritone treble clef.September 17, 2012 at 8:33 am #12315
In South Carolina we provide sight reading in both bass and treble clef for our euphonium players at All-State auditions. It is up to them however to get a transposed copy of the required solo.September 17, 2012 at 3:28 pm #12368
This is a bit abnormal, but not unheard of. In GA, euphoniums/baritones may audition for district and all-state band on BC or TC baritone. You can see that the state level MEA puts out the audition in both at
I think it’s generally accepted that if the student is serious about pursuing music on euphonium that they should learn bass cleff, but a trumpet switcher who just wants to audition for district (or even all-state) should be given the opportunity in my opinion. I’ve had several TC Euphoniums make district band.September 17, 2012 at 7:32 pm #12376
Our festivals here in Pennsylvania have BC and TC Baritone, up to and including State BandsSeptember 19, 2012 at 8:42 am #12420
Our All-County Band (Kanawha County) and the WV All-State Band both provide a separate audition piece for TC and BC. I agree that if the student is serious enough to continue music in college, they should learn BC, but why stop a student from participating because they only read TC. Doesn’t make sense to me.
Here are last year’s audition requirements for WV All State Band. Scroll down to see the Baritone requirements.September 21, 2012 at 9:10 am #12549
This is one reason why district music events sometimes give me the creeps. They take all the fun out of music.September 25, 2012 at 2:07 pm #12702
I also have a couple of students who were not succeeding on trumpet who are doing much better with euphonium. Neither are likely to be music majors and I tried, briefly, to switch them to bass clef, but they were too frustrated by that. I gave up and have let them stick with treble clef parts. They are happier and they are still in band. I think I would have lost them had I forced them to play bass clef. What is our program about, anyway? Developing future music majors, or teaching students to love and appreciate music for life. I choose the latter, and on rare occasion, I get to do the former as well. 😀
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