Manny, I very rarely play with students (occasionally at Church), and have not played in a small brass ensemble with very young sounds since I was in that same stage of development. My Choir Director at Church signed me up for playing with a brass quartet at Church (2 tps and 2 bones). We are playing some very simple arrangements of hymns that she found (actually they are very nice). I can blend very well with other players, but in this case I was literally sticking out like a sore thumb. A resonant sound works great with other resonant sounds, but with very small, developing sounds, there was no way for me to mix well with the ensemble. The two bones are a Dad and his Jr. High son. They both seem very enthusiastic, but sound production is a real issue. I typically donâ€™t offer suggestions about how to play in these situations, but I think I need to be more proactive in this case. Iâ€™m sure that Iâ€™ll be paired with these two for years to come. The other trumpet player is a Senior in High School (but like me at his age, is probably years away from getting that vibrant sound that carries). Iâ€™m thinking about taking in Volume 1 of the Rochut etudes and the Jay Friedman CD with many of these pieces for a sound example and let the trombone players borrow this for as long as they want. Iâ€™m also going to talk about some of the basics of sound production and put together a couple of Power Point slides for them to have something to look at when they get home. Breathing is going to make a huge difference! I donâ€™t think I heard one full breath in any phrase that either of them played last night! I have 45 minutes to work up three pieces, and while the notes and rhythms are mostly there, the sound literally makes it to their stands and then dies. I have to get some fuller sounds happening! Any suggestions beyond what Iâ€™m thinking about doing? Iâ€™m probably going to play the first couple of phrases from the 3rd or 4th Rochut etudes to demonstrate connection of sound, and have them listen to my sound model as well as the CD. Once we make some headway on achieving this sound then Iâ€™ll have them carry this same sound into the hymn arrangements that we are doing. Anyway, I was just shocked at how my sound was completely out of context with these other players. Thanks for any input.