First off...I've searched and searched and haven't found anything on the forums regarding this...but if I've missed it I do apologize and hope you will point me in the right direction for some answers.
I have to be seated to play in our church orchestra. We play in a large room with HORRIBLE acoustics while we are raising money to build a sanctuary. I've recently returned to playing the trumpet after playing the euphonium. When playing euph...I position my stand pretty high (bell is straight up) so that I can sit up straight and just see the conductor over the top of my stand (I'm in the back row so this doesn't interfere with anyone). Helps me (in my advancing years) to be able to see the music without using the bifocal section of my glasses which creates havoc when I'm glancing up and down to see conductor & music.
However, with the trumpet, if I raise my stand AND hold my trumpet AND sit up proper and straight...the bell of my trumpet is blasting straight into the music stand. This morning, I tried moving the stand a little to the side but the only result with that was that the sound from my trumpet went floating off into the vast acoustic wasteland and I couldn't even hear myself play (sounded to me like I was muted....it was that bad). I'm not a good enough player to play confidently without being able to hear myself to make sure that I am in tune with my section mates, not too loud, etc. My daughter (sitting in front of me) and the conductor both said that I sounded fine but I absolutely couldn't tell. When I moved my stand back in front of me, then played, I could hear myself just fine. So that made me think that the stand, while helping me hear, is probably affecting the way the audience hears the sound from the trumpet.
So what is the best way to approach the position of the music stand...or does it even really matter?