Hey Guys, I'd thought I would talk a bit and get some insight and opinions.
I'm a senior in a very small band. 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, 2 horns, 4 saxophones, 1 clarinet, and 3 flutes.
Let me tell you my style. I LOVE exerting energy, I love playing high, brash notes. I'm not cocky but my playing comes off as it. If somethings tough I embrace it. I get better from it. I love it, the energy of playing out is fun. What angers me to death is when the whole band is against me for playing loud, I'm well in my control to play but the problem is NOBODY plays out, especially the trombones. They don't embrace anything so when there comes a time where they have their own melody like in soul man that requires them to play out, they sound horrid and takes breaths to much because their not used to it. Its sickening, I mean why play an instrument if you don't sound like you're having fun. Even my friend whose 1st chair Saxophone agrees. When I was 2nd chair we had a first chair who played pretty, majestic and had a nice blend of volume but couldn't really play a high A well, I played that note in 8th grade. It got me thinking since I could never match that tone BECAUSE I worked on range because I felt it was more important. I now believe its just a style we have. I can play a G (4th ledger line) but whats the point I can express it because our concert songs our dumbed down for the people who play like their forced to be there. Its aggravating to say the least.
Last year we had a state pep band and everyone played out, loud and strong. This year, I single handily out of 65 people, kept the tempo going on a crazy fast song thanks to my other friend on the drum set.
At this point, I don't know whose at fault and what I should do. My style of playing is best for pep band and jazz. I keep a balance for our gentle concert songs but Tone is average for my rank. Is it wrong I worked more than my fair share of range and power?