Bands all strive to attain a good dynamic range, but there seems to be an attitude that loud is good, and we need to achieve the biggest i.e. loudest sound possible on the 'ff' and 'fff' passages. Personally, I don't see why we have to play so loud, and would prefer a quieter and more controlled sound. That probably sounds weird coming from a trombonist But I wonder if these high volume levels have any long term effects on hearing. Does anyone have any data to show the kind of decibel levels achieved by a band, and whether this is damaging to hearing?