Top Ten Struggles of Being In Band

Fellow Band Geeks, you know what we're going through. Some of these may be specific to certain instruments.

The Top Ten

1 Nobody gives credit to your section

I play the alto saxophone, and everyone else in my section plays too loud, but I play a good volume. Everyone thinks the alto saxophones are bad.

I play low brass (euphonium), so I don't get much credit. I'm sure the percussionists agree with me. - PianoQueen

I’m not in a band, but I’ve noticed how people only ever give credit to the lead singer most of the time and act like the other members don’t exist. It’s really annoying. - 3DG20

2 Extremely high notes

Eb scale, I'm looking at you. If you play brass, please don't faint. - PianoQueen

3 Beginners joining

When they start out on a new instrument, they sound like a bus being crashed by dying elephants. This was true to everyone when they start. (Listen to our fifth graders at the beginning of the year and you'll agree.) - PianoQueen

4 Crazy fingering

This isn't really a problem for me, because I only have three valves, so mostly wood winds have to deal with this. - PianoQueen


5 Measures of rest

There is one piece where I open with 8 MEASURES OF REST! - PianoQueen

6 Your instrument is very common

This is why I choose tuba only two proportioned up if you count me - lbelle0527

When I played trumpet, I dealt with this. - PianoQueen

The flute is the most common.

7 You're the only one in your section

This is my current situation, so I have to practice with Bass Clarinet, Tuba, Trombone, and Tenor Sax. - PianoQueen

8 Instruments are expensive

The school provides me with one because they have one, so I only had to pay for mine when I played trumpet. - PianoQueen

Mine school owns instruments that are expensive one reason I play tuba - lbelle0527

What instrument do users of TheTopTens play?
A TopTenor saxophone!

9 You have braces

Well, if you play brass, all I can say is good luck. - PianoQueen

10 The trumpets play so loud that you can't hear any other section, including your own

Then the trumpets complain that you can't hear the tubas. And when the teacher ask us to play alone they say we are too quite. I am sorry you blast and there is six of us and twenty of you - lbelle0527

Update had a concert, and tubas had a important part and my band has 60-70 people and only three tubas and we had an important part but every one else drowned us out so no one could hear us and the person recording us was right next to the tubas - lbelle0527

I play tuba there are only five of of us and about twenty trumpets - lbelle0527

The Contenders

11 There is a shortage of less common instruments

What happened was our old euphonist switched to tuba, because we needed a tubist. And a euphonium player was needed so now I play euphonium. - PianoQueen

12 People play something wrong repeatedly, but you don't want to correct them and sound rude
13 A few of the people in band have no idea what they're doing
14 Some people pretend dynamics do not exist, and they just play loud the whole time
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