Do you all have a full Bass Section ?

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by iancwilx, Apr 21, 2004.

  1. iancwilx

    iancwilx Well-Known Member

    As a spin off from my related thread, I get the impression that many bands do not have 4 "Permanent" Bass players.
    Is it just Bass players, or are there empty chairs in all sections in many bandrooms, that are only filled by deps or occasional players for Concerts/ Contests.
    Just curious - but your responses may reveal an underlying problem that we should be aware of.
  2. We at Cubbington do have a full band......

    Also, our MD has had a history from marching bands - so you can only imagine what our percussion looks like!!

    take a look
  3. ben.gernon

    ben.gernon Member

    We had a big shift around on the bass section at Jackfield to make sure we had a "full" bass section attending every rehearsal. Some players work and so find it hard to commit-but we very rarely have the full 4 bass section there! people try their best though! :D
  4. Big Twigge

    Big Twigge Active Member

    I think at the moment, if all are there we have 6 basses (someone may like to confirm this for me)
  5. skweeky

    skweeky Member

    we have 3 permanent basses - a BB missing............ shame :p
  6. super_sop

    super_sop Supporting Member

    yep., its six!
  7. Big Twigge

    Big Twigge Active Member

    Cheers Craig....always reliable :)
  8. flugelgal

    flugelgal Active Member

    I think we have 6 too... which is useful since some work offshore and some work shifts so we usually have mostly a full section there... what a sound when 5 are there at once (last week's rehearsal i think)
  9. satchmo shaz

    satchmo shaz Active Member

    yep we have 6 on the books, normally five there due to " romany Ted" off on his hols in his caravan!! :wink:
  10. Kernewek Den

    Kernewek Den Member

    We're lucky enough to have a full bass section - unfortunately they're full of crap :lol:
  11. DublinBass

    DublinBass Supporting Member

    We have five every week. 3 Bb Basses to keep the bottom of the band solid.
  12. Okiedokie of Oz

    Okiedokie of Oz Active Member

    Is there such a thing as a full bass section???? :wink:

    Due to a shortage of bass players, we only have 2. I have a former bassplayer switching back to help fill it up, but noone likes playing an instrument for the team down here. They all want to have the melody!!

    Any bass players interested in moving to a small coastal community in Queesnland where it never gets colder than 8 degrees, and we average an annual temp of 22????
  13. johnmartin

    johnmartin Active Member

    Where do I sign.........
  14. Gorgie boy

    Gorgie boy Member

    We have five in our band (3 Eb & 2 Bb) and some of them even know all the fingering :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

    Paul Drury
    Edinburgh Gorgie SA Band
  15. johnmartin

    johnmartin Active Member

    Do we have a full bass section.....usually after a night down the pub.

    Seriously though, yes we do. Again shift working means that we can't all get to every rehearsal but we all make efforts to get there prior to contests etc.
  16. brasscrest

    brasscrest Active Member

    This year, yes. Last year, only had 1 bass. This year, it's the cornets that are missing :)
  17. Straightmute

    Straightmute Active Member

    Yes, we have five regulars. 2 Eb and 3 BBb with a reserve waiting in the wings! All five present and correct last night.

  18. 2nd man down

    2nd man down Moderator Staff Member

    We have 2 Eb's that are there wind, rain or shine, but our Bb's are a bit less regular (attendance wise that is!!). One of them has work commitments that mean he can't do all rehearsals and the other is our london marathon running local vicar (So sunday jobs are a complete no-no for him generally.)
  19. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    We currently have 4 basses (3 EEb & 1 BBb), although one of the EEbs has just come back ouit of retirement and can't do any marching etc.

    We are going to need to do a switch round next year, as our current BBb player (the corps officer) retires in February and is moving away. Another (very good) BBb player has decided he needs to step down from the band as he doesn't feel he can give the commitment required in terms of time etc.
  20. Okiedokie of Oz

    Okiedokie of Oz Active Member

    That is always such a shame. If only there was a way to make sure everyone was happy.