EDIT: This is a question about Concert Band composing and orchestration, not about notation formatting.
Frequenters of the Forum are probably aware I've been on a toot for awhile now to work up some Concert Band pieces for submitting to publishers. Getting the scores looking adequate enough has turned out to be a Much larger undertaking than I imagined.
Cutting to my current question:
--Is it absolutely necessary to have multiple lines for instruments which traditionally have more than one part in a Concert Band score?
I understand that pieces aimed at any but the grade 1 and 2 level usually have 2 flutes, 2 or 3 clarinets, 2 alto saxes, 3 trumpets, 2 or 3 horns and 2 or 3 trombones. But up to now, I've generally written one line for those instruments, with the exception of trumpets and trombones, and sometimes horn, for which I usually write 2 lines.
There's a new piece I wrote specifically for CB, and, no surprise to any of you here, it's of sufficient difficulty that it would be placed in one of the higher levels in the band grading system. But I like the way I wrote it - 1 flute, 1 clarinet, 1 alto sax, 2 horns, 1 trumpet, 2 trombones - along with the rest of the usual instruments, oboe, bassoon, euphonium, tuba, all with the usual one line.
"Amusing Man" expanded during the time I've had threads going about it here on the Forum. I wrote an additional line for flute, for clarinet, and for the sax, so it would conform to conventional CB scoring. A few of the additions were helpful to the music, but for the most part, I didn't enjoy having to thicken the score that I'd already written.
And so here I am again - In this new CB piece, I have what sounds full and completely fleshed out to me - It puts me in a gloom thinking I Must add extra lines when I don't find them necessary at all for the piece.
Do I just have to bite the bullet and realize that since it's probably already a "grade 5" piece because of its difficulty, that I have to add additional lines even though I don't feel the music calls for it---?
If I remain stubborn, and stick with this apparently unconventional thing of not having multiple lines for those instruments, do I still have to say "Sax 1, 2" in the staff header just because it's expected? Can't it just be "Alto Sax" - and then however many players they have all play that line regardless of how they're accustomed to being divided up?