A while back I started a thread asking if anyone had ever had issues with getting along with members of your section. After getting responses from many of you I decided to "stay the course" to refresh the topic the lead trumpet in my section in the community band seemed to not like me for some reason. I tried to start a dialouge with this guy several times, IE I'd complement his playing and he really is a very good player! He'd just ignore me and act as though I did not exist. Well, I'm happy to report that persistance finally paid off and I now know what his problem was. I get along with just about anyone, I kinda pride myself on that. It was bugging me that I had done nothing to this fella and he just would not give me the time of day. I talked with others in my section that I have a good repore with and they assured me that this is just his nature. I continued to complement him when I could and just generally be cordial. Finally he shocked me and started a dialouge with me last Monday. He noticed that I was putting some valve oil on my valves and offered to let me try his stuff. I took the opportunity to chat with him and he all but apoligized for his behavior. The long and short of it, and you won't believe this, is that I'm from Michigan(The North). And he's a good ole boy from Alabama. Can you believe that? Correct me if I'm wrong but the Civil War has been over for some time now. I am a Yankee and he fought with himself to accept me for that I'm gracious, but DAMN! He said that he felt I was a fine addition to the band just took him 4 months to see it. It's just funny I guess as I am originally from the Metro Detroit Area where this sort of thing really doesn't matter at all. The South, you gotta love it!