When I play I am always thinking about how to phrase. A lot of times I come up with a different idea than the others in the section or the band. Do we have to make it sound the same old way? Shouldn't we look for a new way or try to tell a different story with the same notes? Sometimes I will say something to the conductor but I usually don't get my way. They just want to play it the way they have heard it a thousand times before. The other night I asked another trumpet player to play it this way. He said we can't because the low brass played the idea first and since they went first we have to copy them. I get his idea but can we do something else besides ONE two three four. How about one two three FOUR one? What's that in the road ahead? What's that in the road, a head? Same words different meaning Just an idea!