I am also going into my 5th year of university. I am a poor theory student (which is why I am in my 5th year). I never transposed before my 3rd year with an orchestra that didn't even belong to the school. Bear, I am very upset that you would let one persons comments discourage your taking part of this marvelous website. I still consider my self a great trumpet player - with or without theory. I realize, however, that theory is important. Perhaps any of you have heard of Dave Jackson? He is an amazing Military trumpet player. (Retired from the playing world now). But I hear (only a rumour) that he has never had lessons or even went to University or College. And yet one of the greatest Military trumpet players Canada has ever seen. Bear, please come back, you have every right to ask questions here - that is what it's here for!!! However, when you ask questions you have to be able to take the good along with the bad. News you don't want to hear may still be the truth. My to cents didn't really want to get involved, and yet that is what this website is for, isn't it???? Cheers, and good luck with the thoery, I know I'll need it as well!