Top Ten Struggles of Being in BandFellow Band Geeks, you know what we're going through. Some of these may be specific to certain instruments.
The Top Ten
I play french horn. There's only three of us, so we don't get that much attention... sadly. - Idkcats
I play clarinet, and you can hardly hear us, even when we're supposed to have the main part! Also, in my school district, barely anyone chooses to play clarinet, so we'll end up with like, 20 flute, saz, and trumpet players, and 6 clarinet players, including me. Yeah.
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
By far, though.
When I first joined band I sounded like trash. I thought I would never sound good. (I started out high brass)
After fifth grade I moved to low brass, and that fit me better. I now play euphonium and I'm pretty glad due to the fact that pretty much none of the trumpets were my friends. Friends in band usually don't matter to me as much as the music and learning more about my instrument choice does, but I do appreciate a few friends in my section.
One other girl and a boy play euphonium alongside me, so it's nice. - Idkcats
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
Eb scale, I'm looking at you. If you play brass, please don't faint. - PianoQueen
This isn't really a problem for me, because I only have three valves, so mostly wood winds have to deal with this. - PianoQueen
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
There is one piece where I open with 8 MEASURES OF REST! - PianoQueen
I play Euphonium, and this problem is relatable. Stop blasting in my ear, trumpets! Lol. - Idkcats
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 flute is the most 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
This is my current situation, so I have to practice with Bass Clarinet, Tuba, Trombone, and Tenor Sax. - PianoQueen
Well, if you play brass, all I can say is good luck. - PianoQueen
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