I know that what I am about to say may 'ruffle a few feathers'. Those who know me however, will verify that I am a kind, sensitive, well meaning chap. In my long career as a musician, which has included playing timpani, percussion and 'kit', I have suffered the 'drummer' who covers his/her innability to read music. I am talking about playing 'kit'. This person will be an awesome percussionist, they can play xylophone, (which is no mean feat), and have no problem with single percussion parts in the most demanding test piece. However, when it comes to a 'kit' part, they fail miserably. Now I am the first to admit that 'reading' a kit part is almost as demanding as reading piano music. Why can't a 'drummer' humble him/herself, and admit that they are not very good when it comes to reading a 'kit' part? They may well be a fantastic kit player - when they are able to have a free reign - BUT THEY CANNOT READ IT. When I compose or arrange a piece of music, I pay as much attention to the percussion as I do to anything else, as it is a vital part of my musical conception. Comments such as, "I just make it up", or, "that bit doesn't sound right", are a little arrogant and opinionated, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY ARE DIRECTED AT THE ACTUAL WRITER OF THE MUSIC. Sorry, I had to get this of my chest. Some of my best friends are percussionists, I have even been one myself.