Often on the forum I read of the exploits of those playing the first trumpet part, or we concentrate on the principal's attributes, but what about the support players? My personal experience is that a second can bury a first, or make them heard with twice the projection. From your experience, what are the attributes of those that best play support roles, such as second trumpet in the orchestra? Third trumpet What examplifies a good second chair performance in relationship to the principal? I'm not talking about the guy to takes a solo ride so much, but the guy in the studio that is always supporting the first player. When you have an orchestra gig, who do you call to play second or third? Why? Do you sit between the two or in descending order?