I'm a beginner baritone player, looking to attend a practice at my first real band next weekend. My girlfriend is a very talented tenor horn player, and is looking to take the solo horn seat at this new band, so she knows exactly what to expect, but as a real newbie, I have no idea what level I need to be at, before I even think of joining a band.
The band I'm looking to practice with is 3rd section, and they already have 3 solid baritones players (one 1st and two 2nd), so I won't be properly "in the band", (the MD suggested that I sit out for contests) but to know what standard of playing I need to be, in terms of pitch range, speed and rhythm, would be hugely helpful, as would examples of pieces that I should be able to play, to join a 4th or 3rd section band on 2nd baritone.
To give you an idea, I have only ever played with a training band, where the pieces ranged (in Bb) from low B to the E (the top space in the stave), but solo practice has given me a rough range of about 2 octaves, from low F# to F# on the top stave line. I personally don't feel ready to join a band at my level, but practice with a solid band will hopefully bring me on, but knowing what I need to aim for would really help, if any baritone players out there could give me a heads up.