I like this part of the quote. THAT's why we work so hard on our playing skills ...... Of all the BADLY played instruments I've seen and heard on stages, nothing comes close to the cringing, sinking feeling you get when somebody really can not play the trumpet. WHY they would be up on stage, demonstrating how much they suck on the instrument, is always beyond me. In Mexico, just on one visit, we heard a guy playing along with a duo on guitar and vocals, who obviously was able to play at some point in his life, but his chops had gone south and he was constantly flat. It made my shrimp pasta dinner taste flat.
A few evenings later, we heard someone just torturing a horn on the beach .... Oy. Agreed. Nothing is more miserable than a wimpy trumpet player.