Got a call the other day about filling in ofr a musical at a local high school. The money was ok and I was available so I said ok. I cant believe how poorly it is being run. I am the only trumpet and the pit is not even covering all of the parts. Why cant these directors fill out the pit? Of course the part I am playing is over the staff most of the time, but it sticks out like nuts with the absence of the other parts. Just sounds bad. Im not the only older guys playing, just seems like they could have had a full pit band with a little effort. Brings up another point. I left teaching last year after 8 years and having a great program full of great kids. I have been thinking about getting back into it, but after meeting these directors.......... Seems for ecery good band director there are 5 just doing the minimum to get by. Dont know if I want to be associated with them. But I digress............ Anyone else ever been put into the "mini pits"? I think tonight I am just gonna play and stick out to see what happens. Thanks for the venting session.