Hello everyone, Let me start by introducing myself. My name is Aamir and I am in my last year of high school. I've been playing the trumpet in school since grade 6, and decided I want to continue with it after school. I have not bought a trumpet yet and will start my private lessons next week, so I am a bit behind. 1. What I am looking for is just the basics. Stuff that I need to know. What I am also looking for is some trumpeteers to listen to for some influence, so if you could, it would be convinient to drop a few names. My audition for university is only in about 4 - 7 months (depending on university), and I want to start practicing my audition pieces. 2. I want to have two contrasting pieces, so I want to learn a suitable classical piece and a jazz piece for the trumpet. Can anyone recommend any suitable pieces? I figure Haydn is way to hard for me right now, but I haven't even looked at it yet. 3. My gear is just a trumpet that I am renting from my school. Its costing me $75 for the whole year, which is nice and lets me save up when I am ready to buy my own trumpet (which I also need help deciding). I will find out the specific models on the trumpet. My mouth piece is a piece of scrap from grade 8 or so, and I was wondering what kind of mouth piece I should go for (since mine really needs a change) and what the price range would be on it. 4. My pitch range is what I am ashamed of. All my teachers say my tone is clear and bright, but when I play a high note, lets say a G (sitting on top of the staff) my tone gets cracked and broken. I figure this is because I don't put enough air into it. Fortunatley, I am getting better, and got a bright A with much practicing just today. What kind of a range should I be hitting at a university level of playing? And what excercises do you recommend for this? Currently, I start on a C (inside the staff) and go up by 5 semi-tones. If I play it ok, I move on; a semitone higher, so starting from a C#/Db. If I play a horrid tone however, I start again from the C and keep going as high as I can. It works well. 5. PS: Is there some website or book I can take a look at to expand my general trumpet knowledge? Thanks for the help, Sincerly, Aamir.