Is it inevitable that when an orchestral piece is transcribed for band that the trombones end up with what could best be described as "running semibreves"? In making this generalisation, I appreciate that this is not always the case but my observation of two recent transcriptions used as test pieces is that there have been a lot of very under-utilised trombone players. I realise of course that in making a transcription, the arranger is trying to get contrasting tone colours out of the band in an attempt to show the differences which an orchestra can very readily portray. Surely, however, the trombones could do more than simply fulfill the same parts as they would play if they were sat in an orchestra? Certainly many of the trombone players I have met are capable of playing in a very broad range of styles. Of course for some Masquerade is looming on the horizon, which should keep them out of mischief, but the technical skill that piece requires only goes to illustrate the point even further! Perhaps one of the composers / arrangers that visit would be able to explain why the trombones seem to miss out in a transcription?