My friends, I have a sad, sad story for you. Had a basketball band gig tonight. I usually play first trumpet, except for maybe 1 piece which is just because the director ran out of music and I wasn't there when he passed it out. A lot of times, I really get into it, start feeling the music, and I'll take stuff up an octave, or just really high, you know, having fun with it. Director doesn't mind a bit, and none of the other trumpets seem to care. Anyway, we just got done playing a clip of a chart, and as soon as we finished, one of our sousaphones made a remark about if I was going to play high, I should do it for the whole piece, or not do it at all. This did 2 things. First, it sent me into a dimension of anger that I seldom reach. I take a lot of pride in trying to make something sound better, or be musical, and I think I know a bit about how to play lead trumpet. It also seems to imply that I was showboating, which I was earnestly trying to avoid. He's lucky he's walking home. Second, it made me wonder if maybe he had a point. This is my sin. Forgive me. But I really am trying to not seem like I'm just out there for myself. So I talked with the other trumpets playing first part. And they called the tuba guy a few names I won't repeat, and told me that as long as I was able to hit the pitches without sounding like I was on rollerskates, they really didn't care. So basically, I plan to carry on business as usual, maybe email the director and make sure I'm not stepping on someone's toes, and if tuba boy opens his mouth, I'm going to actually respond instead of just sit there and take it like I did this time. Or is there something else I should do?