Saxes a Plenty – help!
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I have a rather unusual situation this year – I have very dominant saxophones in my beginning, middle, and high school groups. I am especially looking for music selections for high school contest (grade 2-3) and the mid-year middle school concert. At the high school level, I have 8 altos, 1-2 tenors, and 1 bari. (No one wants to switch to anything else – I’ve already asked). Our slow selection will be Ye Banks and Braes, which should work nicely. I also have very weak clarinets and flutes, so those parts limit me somewhat.
Thanks for any advice!
What is your french horn situation? Split saxes to cover horn parts…just make sure they blend with horns. What does the rest of your instrumentation look like?
1 flute, 1 clarinet, 8 altos, 2 tenors, 1 bari, 2 trombones, 1 trumpet, 1 euphonium, 3 perc, 1 electric bass.
Take 4 of your altos and have them cover the horn parts. Have 1 of your tenors cover a trombone or baritone part, if not there already. Then you are down to a normal sized sax section: 2 altos, 1 tenor, and a bari.
I would have some of your altos cover the clarinet parts for sure. I was in the same situation the last few years, and having those clarinet parts filled in really helped the sound. I would cover horn parts only if they weren’t doubled in the trumpet/trombone/euphonium parts. Alto and horn have similar ranges, but they have totally different sounds.
Put some altos on Eb clarinet parts if they’re available
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