Why can't we play music without the dots? Here is my blog entry ?? And here is the text: It is the middle of summer. Community bands are playing on the village green. The concert ends with Sousa’s greatest march, Stars and Stripes Forever, which, by act of congress is now the National March of the United States of America. Getting down to the bottom of the page… The piccolo stands for the famous descant… Applause. Then, the trumpets stand for the shout chorus… Oh dear! What is happening? Most of the trumpet players are looking and playing down while standing up. It looks terrible. I have seen these players fearfully attempting to set up their music sheets so that they can read them not only in their normal sitting position, but also when they stand. When they stand, they are playing the tune, not some weird harmony part! This tune is as American as Apple Pie, but so many advanced players feel unable to play it without the dots. Where have we, as teachers and mentors, gone wrong in establishing this situation? I get so upset! Why can’t we all stand up proudly and play out directly to the audience?