Those mixed feelings you get when your barely play at all in a piece
New rule: You aren’t allowed to whine about a minimal part if you aren’t good enough to be assigned the first chair part.
Or you could play second and only play this one note when it comes up before going back to second.
Bass trombone is not inferior to first tenor trombone.
Okay, so here’s the deal, if you EVER try to say that someone is inferior or doesn’t have the right to do something that someone else of a higher chair does, then not only are you extremely pretentious, you also may not understand music as well as you think you do. Let me explain to you a thing: those first parts would not sound as good or full without the second or third parts. There would be no harmony to help the melody carry. There would be no chord progression, only an implied one. The music would sound extremely basic and boring, no matter how beautifully or skillfully you play your precious first part. It’s the same as saying high brass is more important than low brass. It’s not like people who “aren’t good enough” at trumpet are given a trombone part, but that trombone part supports the trumpet with lower undertones in the same way a 4th trumpet does, just as a different color.
And hey, here’s the thing, in the professional world, NO ONE CARES what part you play. There are gigs where you might be playing the 3rd part on one piece and a 1st part on another, because it doesn’t matter. In fact, some directors will argue that the 3rd parts are MORE important because of what I mentioned earlier. It’s not always a matter of skill, it’s a matter of what’s best for the band.
AND ANOTHER THING: bass trombone is often considered a completely separate instrument from tenor trombone. In auditions, bass trombone has a separate audition with separate excerpts and audition music. The top bass trombonist could easily be a thousand times better than the top tenor trombonist and still be “on the 3rd part”.
Music isn’t about who’s on what part, it’s about the product, it’s about the MUSIC.