That happens a lot in school bands (it's a really bad policy) but I haven't seen it so much in adult community bands.Yeah, generally the bari player is the one who tried out for alto or tenor and didn't get one of those seats. Always nice to hear someone dedicated to this horn.
Just in case you didn’t (you probably did) be sure to tell them as much to their face. Low voices rarely get the love.Last night at community band a baritone sax player really stood out and made everything sound better. This was the first time I have heard one played that well and the first time for hearing how important the bottom really is.
Pssst....I've got some Baritones I could sell you for cheap....I "grew up" in the clarinet family, and I have to say, with good teachers, students suitable for lower instruments are "groomed" from the start. I was always very big and loud, never tried for 1st chair Bb, but every teacher and director from the start kept pushing me towards the lower pitched instrument just because of my size. I ended up on contrabass, of course.