Arriving at the Tuesday rehearsal, I had no idea I was on the first stand. Usually we get some notice but I think things were up in the air a bit longer than usual due to players off for various reasons. Then again, the first stand is probably the best place to sit when you haven’t had time to practice the music.
The CSO doesn’t have a permanent assistant principal bass. The subject is probably worthy of several posts – maybe a book by someone someday. If I never get around to it, the reasons for the situation might become apparent by careful reading of this blog.