about 13-14 years ago the assistant director was directing a piece [he is a clarinet player] and I had about a 12 bar solo with woodwinds in the background. My part was written mf and he said I was way to loud so I backed it of to about p and he stopped the band and said I was still to loud. We did it again and I just pretended to play and again he stopped the band and said Dave you are still to loud, I said that I didn't even play that time and he said " yes you did and it was to loud. The player told the director that I wasn't playing and his comment was " I know what I heard and Dave's to loud". At the concert our main conductor directed that song and I played it mf and after the concert the director said I needed to bring it out a little more the next time we play it. I brought this little story to point out that we as players need to adjust to what the director wants no matter what the chart says.