My daughter is taking the "PSAT" test this morning and I'm up early now and my wife is still sleeping so I thought I would write. Last night I played a very interesting show. We played Titanic. This was a high school production with about 3/4 professionals in the pit. Last night was the first night of the show and we never made it through the show in rehearsal. We were playing stuff that we never played before and the kids on stage never heard before. It was amazing how well the orchestra adjusted. About half an hour before the show the conductor passed out a 3 page list of changes. We made all of them in the performance. The big problem was when the kids on stage skipped beats and measures. I was surprised how quickly the orchestra adjusted. The conductor just gave us the new measure number and we were on our way again. After the show I was thinking about putting my trumpet in the trunk. Then I was thinking, maybe I'll just leave it there and practice today on the C. It was cold last night. Does that hurt the trumpet? How could it? I didn't do it, it just didn't feel right. I played the Monette 993 last night and it had the perfect sound for the show. The guy playing second was playing a Bach and the blend was good. Why does it work so well in that setting but not in big band lead? When I played up high the sound brightened up. I was using a B15M STC 3. On my way home from bringing my daughter to the test I heard the Haydn on the radio. I was listening and thinking about my teacher saying, " eighth notes short, sixteenth notes long." The Guy playing the concerto did it sometimes but not others. I guess on a concerto you do what you want. If you read this far I'm sure you don't want to hear any more!