Well, I just started freshman year, and it was a little confusing. Band was my safe haven. I've been a trumpeter since the 3rd grade. At first I thought we would be grouped by how we played. To my dismay, I was automatically placed into the 3rd trumpets. At first I thought, woah, the music at this school is going to be hard, but as soon as I saw it, I realized this was below my usual playing level. I talked to the band director, and he said "don't worry about it. There will be seating auditions next week". I took my seating auditons, I got a 47 out of 50. The next day we are seated and I am in the 2nd trumpets. I was a little disapointed, so I went to my teacher again. He said that all of the first trumpets had to be juniors and seniors. I was again, disapointed, because some of the juniors and seniors were first year players, but I perservered. The very next day I came into the band room and realized, another addition to the first trumpets was a freshman. I went to this unnamed person and asked him how he had acuired his first trumpet music. He responded "I don't know, My uncle(the band teacher) just gave it to me". That's when I realized My teacher was picking favorites. I next asked him to show me his score on the seating auditions. he showed me and he got, god help me, a 23 out of 50. I've been playing like this for a few weeks now, and I've been contomplating dropping band. I don't want to do this but I can't stand to watch my teacher give this student the soft treatment when he hits the notes too low. I've talked to other people and they don't seem to have the same problem. Am I going crazy? Someone help.