I played a show this weekend. It was for a private school and the pit was all hired professionals with the exception of the second trumpet. He was the school science teacher that played when he was in high school. Yesterday we played two shows and there was a show on Saturday night. Before the first show yesterday the music director said that she had to run over a few things. Then she started just talking to the brass. Then she said that the problem wasn’t the trombone. There were only three brass. She had us play a completed lick and then told the second trumpet not to play it. Then she was all over us about tuning. All this in front of the band. I didn’t think it was my responsibility to teach the second player. They knew who they hired. At this point I though I should try to help and asked him if he could pull his slid a little. It was stuck. What the hell am I supposed to do? I tried to tune to him when I could and then to the others when I could. In-between shows I went to the Music director and tried to talk to her about the problem. I was very apologetic. After intermission she announces to the band, “Trumpets, don’t play on the last tune.” I couldn’t have been more embarrassed. I guess I’ll never get called to play there again. Even if I did, I wouldn’t take the job. I don’t need the money that badly.