One of the most memorable lessons that a teacher ever taught me was in the tenth grade in band class. Freshman year I was second chair out of about eleven clarinets. I had beaten two seniors, a junior, and two sophomores in chair placements. The person that was ahead of me was a senior and he was also section leader from marching season. The next year we took chair placements again and I turned out to be third chair. Everyone was completely shocked. The same thing happened to a lot of people that year. My band director went off of seniority that year instead of talent when placing chairs. That taught me that he is not the only who is going to make decisions based off of seniority through the course of my life.