It seems to me baritone horn players have gotten the better end of the deal. Never have we dreamed of playing in large venues with thousands of rabidly screaming fans. A few solo toots from us and the room would clear out.
That’s okay. I am completely satisfied being allowed to sit in with my church’s orchestra each Sunday, play a summer concert with Ada’s Community Band, and occasionally even help out with a junior high school band as I did this past week for eighth grade graduation at my wife’s school. These are places to play, which is all folks like me want.
True, baritone horn players aren't cool, but no one jokes about us being homeless either.