I aree with most of what I have seen here- the world is not necessarily fair. deal with it- do your best, for yourself and the others around you. Be prepared to play the solo if something happens to the other player. Support everyone like you are doing. They all know what you have done, and are doing for the group. Speak to the director, and try and find out why it is happening, in a respectful way. I remember a poster on a Shoreline High School (Seattle area): 1) The conductor is always right. 2) If the conductor makes a mistake, refer to statement 1. This is the same school that had a poster about- if this band wins this, that, and the other thing, it doesn't matter a hoot unless all the players have grown musically, emotionally, mentally... I don't remember all the exact words after so many years, but the spirit was so great- That school was a wonderful place to visit, even if only for a day.