Hello everyone, I'm a section leader in a college marching band. I've been a pretty competitive trumpet player for many years (3 years of all state band, multiple honor orchestras). However, I've run into some trouble since entering the marching band. I know that marching and doing choreography while playing can wreak havoc on the chops, as it has happened to me for the last two years. This summer, however, I have been determined to build up my endurance and range for the upcoming season. I am having the following problems, and would like to know what advice you guys have. I play on a Bach Strad Model 72 and use a Bach 3C for practice and a Shilke 14a4 for the screaming notes. Here are my main problems: 1. I am a downstream player, so marching with the horn parallel to the ground poses a huge problem. Right now I am faced with the choice of altering my embouchure for marching or playing very awkwardly with my head tilted far back. Any suggestions? 2. To build up endurance for the season, I have been testing out the PETE system. I definitely feel an increase in my endurance, but am wondering if this is a worthwhile investment of my time. What other methods are tried and true for developing endurance, preferably in less than 2 hours a day? 3. Any suggestions for improving range would also be appreciated. I can hit high Es and Fs for about a span of 10 minutes, and then it is downhill from there. I understand there is no way to vastly improve endurance and range in a few short weeks, but any step in the right direction would be most welcome. Thank you for your suggestions!