Concert Band Question
Hello, everyone. I've been recently asked by my high school's band director if I'd be interested in performing with them at a major competition this year. My school's Honors Band is phenomenal (leagues ahead of our orchestra program), and I was excited for the opportunity to perform with them, since I've heard them play some really complex pieces by the likes of Shostakovich, etc. The only thing I'm a bit worried about is that I'd be the only bassist playing with somewhere around 40-50 brass, wind, and percussion players, and competition regulations prohibit basses from being amplified. Now, I know that bass players in concert bands generally aren't heard when everyone in the band is playing ff, and I'm okay with that. I'm just wondering, for the parts at which a bass is really needed (I.E. accompanying woodwinds on quieter sections), is one bass enough to "hang" with the other instruments if I'm positioned in the right place? (I've heard being near the woodwinds makes it much easier to be heard than being near the low brass)
Thanks for your advice!