I'm not sure if I'm thinking about this the right way, so bear with me. My children attend a small school district that has a good music department. For a small district, it seems like many of the kids are very enthusiastic about music and go on to college for music. Several of the sections (low brass and saxophones, in particular) are pretty driven and the standards are high. However, the trumpet section just doesn't play at the same level. I've talked to my trumpet playing friends and they all talk about when they were young and in high school; it was all about playing high and fast. It feels to me like it will take a particular type of player, or a director, to light a fire under the trumpet section. How do you all feel about that? Do my thoughts make sense, or am I just "projecting"? On a related note, my own children are pretty enthusiastic about music and two of them play trumpet. So I want to make sure that the two trumpet players, as they get involved in high school band, don't get caught up in that culture of mediocrity. Any thoughts on helping keep them motivated and providing them with a spark?