There must be some mutant, renegade gene that determines trombone aptitude. So far as I can see, playing a trombone goes way beyond a certain musical style. There seems to be a "fun" gene involved in the makeup of a trombonist. Could you really choose to play an instument with that great slide if you had no intention of poking people with it? And can you picture any goofier instrument? Trombonists can take a note, dump it off its line, drop it several spaces, then swoop it back up to where it started again. Without taking a breath. Sometimes intentionally. Sometimes while trying to remember in what position the note is really supposed to be played.... For a trombonist, there is a delightful inconsistancy to notes. We can play any note a little sharp or flat. Or a lot sharp or flat. So much that it sounds like a whole different note, even.... We don't tend to take ourselves (or anyone else) too seriously. Is it any wonder that there is generally plenty of laughter coming from the trombone section in a band?