Chairism

Today guys I want to tell you about a problem that I have seen in my band class. It’s been bothering me since the beginning of the school year and right now I’m going to express how I feel.

This school year, I finally decided to join my school’s band. Last year, I was in choir but since it’s only for 7th graders, me being an 8th grader, couldn’t join this year (Hey, I just realized something, I never did tell you me age, did I? Welp, there you go). Anyways, I play the amazing brass instrument, trumpet, and is currently in second chair. Now here’s where the problem starts.

So in my trumpet section there is seven trumpet players in total. I’m not gonna shay their real names but first chair will be called Player A and then I’m Player B and so on. The chair on the left of me is third chair which is taken by Player C. Directly behind Player C is Player F. Since, this is beginning band, we are still learning the notes and how to play better. But I don’t think Player C remembers that.

Let me rant about Player C. This guy always pisses me off and I don’t get angry that easily unless you’re my brothers. Anyway, Player C thinks he is the best at trumpet. He tells me that Player F should quit band because he sucks. Although that may or may not be true, it’s just messed up to say that out loud especially when Player F can hears him.

Not only does Player C complain how bad Player F is, he also isn’t great at sportsmanship. I don’t know if other bands do this at your schools but in my school we do this thing called challenges. A trumpet player can challenge only a trumpet player that is directly above their rank. Example: Player G cannot challenge Player A but Player G can challenge Player F. The challenge is who plays the song best and then the class along with the teacher decides wether they stay or switch. They can challenge each other once a week.

Anyways, the trumpet player directly below is Player D, fourth chair. Player D challenges, Player F about three times. The first time Player D couldn’t make it and the other two times he forgot about it. Today, Player D forgot about the challenge until I reminded them. And boy, did Player C get pissed at me. He told me that he didn’t want to loose his spot so he didn’t say anything about the challenge.

To me, that’s a bit unfair. Okay, the challenger did forget but you can get your spot back anytime.

Also, I hate how Player C acts towards me. When we warm up, he pushes my trumpet down, for a reason I totally forgot. He does this every single class.

Chairism: acting superior than all the lower rank chairs behind you

(Oh, also chairism isn’t actually a real word to describe this situation. Chairism is a real word but I wanted to make up a new word. The ‘ism’ in chairism is like in the words racism and sexism. See? Both racism and sexism are having someone being acting superior than the others. So getting what both have in common the ‘ism’, I stuck it behind chair.)

How to prevent: Speak up

Ugh. I just realized that this whole post was supposedly to be all about chairism and how to stop it. Instead,it’s just a gigantic rant over Player C. Sorry about that, but having to endure this guy for a few months now, I have to let off a bit of steam. I’m also sorry if this was a bit confusing so if you got kinda confused just ask!