Getting together with the trombones tonight for a sectional. Looking forward to it. I have played in a lot of big bands and very few spent time working in sectionals. This is likely because the allure of the big band is that big band sound of 16+ players swingin' and groovin' together. Getting that many people together is always an effort so to ask for an additional commitment from any of the players is always a bit of a risk, i.e., band leaders are just happy if musicians show up for the full rehearsal, let alone sectionals. This is not to say that enthusiastic sections do not steal away from a few minutes, here-and-there, to work on some parts. This is common. I cannot really pat myself on the back too much, as my band's sectionals are sporadic. I do know the value of "cleaning-up" a section away from the band and then reinserting that sound, providing new life for the ensemble. Maybe this blog will kick my own butt. We'll see.
Dr. Michael Kearns
Musician, educator, husband, father, web designer ... my life is like a mosaic with each piece vying for my attention.