Ok, it's been over 10 years since my last semester of high school band. (Go Las Plumas/Oroville Alliance Marching Band!!) (that explains the weak musical ear) but another question why give this part to those who have little to no skill or are very shy? Last semester I played 2nd and actually played 1st for a couple of songs I was thrilled. But I'm extremely shy and this semester my section leader stuck me on third. I felt as if I failed the ensamble last semester. It might as well be considered low brass. *sigh* Is playing 3rd a sign of failure? Personally I wish I could play 2nd or 1st. Those parts have excellent ranges. (3rd for the most part rarely goes above middle C) Also how can that part help to up your range?