I have just posted a reply in another thread that got me thinking. (I know, it is possible for a tuba player to think.... I am sitting down!:biggrin: ) With the regionals fast approaching, bands will be thinking about the crits for last year, and the year before etc. For lower section bands, there are two thinks that will be mentioned for almost every band... Tuning and Balance. Now, we talk about tuning a lot at band rehearsals, and a lot of time is spent with the tuner trying to get the C's, g's and Bflats in tune (I am not getting into that arguement just now!) but I have found that not everyone knows what is meant by balance. This is certainly the case with younger members of the band who just seem to take it as one of the things that they get shouted at about! I thought that this would be the Ideal opportunity for people to pass on their experience and knowledge of what is meant by balance, and the best way that a lower section band can improve this aspect of their playing. My understanding (and I really hope that I am right or I will feel like a real ejit) is that a lower pitched instrument should always play that little bit louder than a higher pitched one. I remember when I was in Clydebank Burgh being rehearsed by Nigel Boddice who managed to get the band to sound 10 times better simply by working on this premice. Any way, I now leave the floor open to any comments.