I agree that's pretty dirty cricket.
And it makes me even gladder about my Civic Band. Everyone pretty much picks the part they're comfortable with. And I trust if someone's struggling, they'll either come to me or talk with their neighbors. Or a neighbor will talk with me. After all, I've no idea how those gals on the far other end of our row are doing.
Then again, we're a truly open Band, no auditions no fees to play, no charges for concerts. That's why we have three oboes, three bass clarinets, a dozen (yes, a freakin' DOZEN!!) Frenchies! Works out great 'cause most of the time not everyone is there, which results in a perfect-sized concert band.
I do agree about having the new gal play a solo in rehearsal for assessment. I asked our newest picc player if she wanted to give it a try, and gosh did she impress. Beautiful tone and gorgeous softs! Immediately put any concerns about her abilities to rest!
(No, I'm not kidding. There are now officially twelve Frenchies on the roster. I think six or seven tubas. Those three bass clarinets! We are SO spoiled! Although we could use more euphoniums--anyone know any euph's in the KC area needing a concert band to join?)