I spent a couple of months in the 70s soldiering at Birmingham Citadel Corps and was invited to play in the band. At that stage there were a number of students in the area, and the bandmaster was anxious to give everyone the opportunity of playing. For much of the time I was 5th EEb, with 2 BBbs as well, until the (female) student returned whose bass I had been playing, when I moved onto horn for a couple of weeks. We also had 9 trombones at that time!Pythagoras said:Shortage of Bass players?! We had 6 at a rehearsal recently. The rest of us are still in Rehab.
I'm playing BBFlat in our training band. Only pitching technique I have is to play the lowest possible note I think it could be then lip it down.PeterBale said:Generally we have had no problems covering EEb, but people are reluctant to take on BBb, finding pitching difficult so far down, apart from the physical problems involved in carting it around - we have two former BBb players who have been forbidden to play it any more by doctors' orders.