Hey Manny! Being in college and taking so many music classes a big question has entered my mind as of late. Does written theory, in term of only playing the trumpet alone, really benefit your playing? In otherwords, do you think while you are playing, "Oh a french augmented 6th chord guys!" or "That must be a Neopolitan 2 chord so I need to do this." I'm assuming that most of the time you just play your notes in terms of how they fit with the orchestra and the style and time period of the piece. Am I right? I'm just really having a hard time with all these classes when they load you up with so much work and then practice time is limited. I was told by a teacher a while ago that once you get to college, you practice your butt off, and then do what you can in your classes not to fail so that you can practice as much as possible. Does this make sense?? I'd like to hear your imput... Jeremy To sum all that up, what I'm basically asking is, do you need theory, conducting, music history, and all the other classes to be a great trumpet player?