As some of you might know Iâ€™m the lead 3thd section trumpet player in my community band. One of my section mates came to me and asked if Iâ€™d help him woodshed some of our pieces and I agreed to help out. We meet for 1 hour prior to our Monday night rehearsals and work on what ever he feels he needs help with. First off Iâ€™m flattered he came to me looking for help; truth be told Iâ€™m still a student of the horn myself. I was only too happy to begin working with him. This has produced very good results within the section. By working together to tighten up our parts we have made an impact that the whole band derives a benefit from. Much to my dismay for all of this month weâ€™ve been off from the band. No rehearsal; no nothing. With no music to work on I was wondering if my section mate would still want to get together. Sure enough he did and I agreed to continue to work with him. We began to do something that Alex and I do every now and then. I pulled out a book of Christmas duets and we started to play those. It was amazing! We both were shocked after about 1 Â½ hours of playing duets together we really felt good about our sound and just plain playing together. He then confided in me that in all his years of playing; he had just played his first duet! Wow; this fella is about 20 to 25 years my senior and Iâ€™m his first duet partner I was indeed honored. Then it dawned on me; I canâ€™t wait until we go back into the band room on Sept 11, 2006. One of many things Alex has taught me is that duets will show weaknesses in a hurry you then can target these and turn them into strengths; they also will help you to play together musically and otherwise. I really feel our section will be very tight with a great sound. We have a 3thd section mate (There are 3 of us total in the 3thd section) but he is not interested in playing outside of the band room. Itâ€™s just as well heâ€™s a great player and wonderful person but at nearly 80 heâ€™s got little wind left in him so heâ€™s rarely heard above (p) so the section Iâ€™m sure will sound great regardless. Iâ€™m really looking forward to getting back into the band room and tearing it up. I guess I just thought Iâ€™d share that with anyone who cared!