Instruments not allowed in Marching Band
 

Instruments not allowed in Marching Band

    
Instruments not allowed in Marching Band    11:25 on Thursday, October 25, 2007          

Saxgeek
(3 points)
Posted by Saxgeek

I've been wondering about this for some time. I know that they're are a few instruments that aren't good choices for band. Such instruments are Oboe, Bassoon, and even Soprano Sax.

I don't get why they're not allowed, especially Soprano Sax since I'd like to play it for Marching Band.


Re: Instruments not allowed in Marching Band    17:47 on Thursday, October 25, 2007          

superfloboe01
(6 points)
Posted by superfloboe01

i heard from my band director that with the oboe the reeds are so fragile you would be blowing through all your reeds in no time and that it is already hard enough without having to worry about marching. i have asked my director about this already.


Re: Instruments not allowed in Marching Band    20:04 on Thursday, October 25, 2007          

bp_oboist
(132 points)
Posted by bp_oboist

how is the oboe not good for some bands or w/e?? i play it and im like the best one in our 7th grade band.. and not to mention the oboe is considered the hardest instrument to learn.. hah!

<Added>

oh wiat.. were u talking about marching band?? haha nvm! and bout being the best one.. not technically the best but idk i could be..


Re: Instruments not allowed in Marching Band    17:33 on Friday, October 26, 2007          

Leoml88
(77 points)
Posted by Leoml88

its marching band....

its supposed to be loud and brassy....

oboe and bassoon don't fit in at all, let alone its impossible to march them


Re: Instruments not allowed in Marching Band    20:02 on Friday, October 26, 2007          

bp_oboist
(132 points)
Posted by bp_oboist

how can you be better than a lot of first year ppl .. i've been playing for three/four years now and i'm only in seventh grade playing at an end of eighth grade/nineth grde level! how doesnt an oboe or bassoon fit in a marching band i dont get it.. i know theyre impossible to march with ... but flutes and shizz are in there... and its got to be hard to hold them up while marchign around


Re: Instruments not allowed in Marching Band    22:27 on Friday, October 26, 2007          

x_miichellee
(42 points)
Posted by x_miichellee

I don't know about you, but I'm glad I don't have to march my oboe!

Yes, it's the reed issue. You'd probably be going through a million reeds a week, more than you already do anyway! And if you march with it.. it'd probably like stab the roof of your mouth. Hah okay maybe not.. but it'd surely break.

Oboes in band (I'm talking about band in general, not marching) are only good for solos anyway.. kinda. I don't like band very much. Go full orch!


Re: Instruments not allowed in Marching Band    10:26 on Saturday, October 27, 2007          

x_miichellee
(42 points)
Posted by x_miichellee

Yeah, weather changes are the devil. It's getting unusually cold where I live, and it's driving my reeds crazy.


Re: Instruments not allowed in Marching Band    18:47 on Tuesday, November 06, 2007          

musicontrolsme78
(13 points)

Well i never heard the soprano thing but i always heard that its a safety issue... if you trip and fall down on you oboe/bassoon that it would go straight to the back of your throat, especially on the bassoon. I play bassoon in concert band and sax in marching... if you really want to be in marching band... choose the sax...


~Lexa


Re: Instruments not allowed in Marching Band    17:49 on Wednesday, January 16, 2008          

Kaeley2010
(4 points)
Posted by Kaeley2010

safety is definately an issue.

but you get to play in pit!
I've been in pit for 2 years, first year on xylo and this year on marimba.

I'm the oldest pit member and I loooove being able to control the freshman ^_^
(no offense to any freshmen, you guys will get your chance too)



Re: Instruments not allowed in Marching Band    21:16 on Wednesday, January 16, 2008          

jvanullen
(186 points)
Posted by jvanullen

About the bassoon issue.

I have marched on bassoon.
It is amazingly hard.
I don't recommend it at all.
I had to make my own lyre.


Re: Instruments not allowed in Marching Band    22:13 on Wednesday, January 16, 2008          

Oboegirl94nm
(308 points)
Posted by Oboegirl94nm

It's pretty much the reed issue. Plus, the instruments are way to expensive to repair all the time in case of accidents!
Speaking for all bands (concert and marching) I agree that oboe is only good for solos, and there aren't that many!
I'd say go to full orchestra! More solos, better music, better musicians!
I've been playing for 3 1/2 years, and auditioned for All-state band in the 9th/10th grade concert band. I skipped 8th grade, and I beat all the 9th graders and am 2nd in district to a 10th grader! Imagine that!


Re: Instruments not allowed in Marching Band    18:38 on Monday, June 23, 2008          

tenorsaxist
(925 points)
Posted by tenorsaxist

just one comment, someone said the oboe is the hardest instrument to learn. The bassoon is definately harder, considering fingerings and the shape. I will argue this with you!!! No way is the oboe harder than bassoon, nope, not fallin for that one!! Nice try though!!


Re: Instruments not allowed in Marching Band    23:03 on Monday, June 23, 2008          

jvanullen
(186 points)
Posted by jvanullen

I play both, and I think oboe is harder. The reeds are far harder to control, tuning is a lot harder...and bassoon fingerings aren't really all that bad. I dislike oboe fingerings more. It's a matter of preference.


Re: Instruments not allowed in Marching Band    12:33 on Sunday, July 06, 2008          

oboegirl
(352 points)
Posted by oboegirl

I can't even imagine holding a bassoon and marching! They are so heavy!


Re: Instruments not allowed in Marching Band    13:21 on Sunday, July 06, 2008          

Canadian
(903 points)
Posted by Canadian

I think with enough control, it is possible to march with oboe. Although I wouldn't my self.


   

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