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Topic: Who in the Concertmaster?
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AuthorTopic:   Who in the Concertmaster?
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posted: 2/7/2005 at 2:46:13 PM ET
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...or Concertmistress...

In a concert band that does not include strings, such as a brass orchestra, who would typically be the concertmaster/concertmistress? The one who traditionally tunes the sections and would conduct in the absence of the band leader? Is that the principal (1st chair) clarinet? Or does the principal trumpet hold that honor?

Thanks for the help!

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posted: 2/7/2005 at 6:14:45 PM ET
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In most school bands there is such designation. I have seen the U.S. Marine Band from D.C. play and the 1st Clarinet fits this role. Good bands tend to tune themselves as part of the warmup process, so it is usually not needed to have a "concertmeister"

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posted: 4/8/2005 at 11:02:46 PM ET
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the concert master is the person in the very first chair at a smphony and he helps tune the orchestra after a really long intence piece

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