Okay, see what you guys think about this situation! I'll try to keep it short! Let me also preface this by saying....it's not about who plays or doesn't play the solo......it's about whether this situation is right or wrong! Put yourself in this situation! You play in a community orchestra! For this season the orch. will be auditioning conductors! There will be a new conductor for each concert! So far you have played principal on all but one concert that you could not make! You do not ask to be paid...because you feel it is a nice oppurtunity to gain some orchestral experience; but after every concert you see lots of people being handed checks and you always wish you had asked to get paid.....but nevertheless you play the next concert for free! So....the next concert is coming up and you have checked your calender and see that you will be out of town that weekend! You then hear that they will be playing Copland's Quiet City and you think....hmmm....maybe I should come back and play that! And you even think....they will prolly be wanting you to play it! So you decide to do the concert. Thursday night you go to the rehearsal and like always....there is only a skeleton of an orch there (most players don't show till the week or day of)! Before the rehearsal starts this new conductor approaches you and tells you that he is having a trumpet player from another symphony he conducts come in to play the solo on Quiet City! He has never heard you play....but he wants you to play 1st on all the other pieces. Yeah, let this guy sit there and rest....so he can sound good on the solo.....all the while he gets paid and you don't! Again, it's not about wanting to solo....it's about being disrespected when you thought you might be appreciated. What do yall think?