Piccolo trpt in big band?

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  1. trumpet obsession

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    Hey guys, I'm more of a classical player but I'm also lead in the big band. I've got a tough section in the count bubba big phat band chart that goes up to G and says in the stratosphere for a while. I can play this on the piccolo trumpet but not the Bb or c. Would the sound be too "non jazzy" or could I get by on piccolo? Thanks
     
  2. Ed Lee

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    IMO it all depends on how well you can play the piccolo trumpet. Certainly I don't have the range on a normal Bb trumpet that I have on my Schilke P5-4. Too, it may depend on how fast you can make the switch. Too, It is my experience that the picc is not a blaster unless heavily amplified. You've got to caress the notes with a picc.
     
  3. Dave Mickley

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    years ago (back when the earth was just starting to cool) the lead player in one of the big bands I played in brought his pic to a job. After he used it on a couple of tunes the leader of the band told him to put it away, it just didn't fit.
     
  4. Vulgano Brother

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    Unless it is specifically written for piccolo, I would urge you to take up the challenge to play it on a normal Bb.
     
  5. tobylou8

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    Short answer is no.
     
  6. Dale Proctor

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    I tried that at a big band rehearsal many years ago and it didn't work. Not the right sound, and not enough projection.
     
  7. musicalmason

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    the right pitches don't matter if the sound is all wrong. Gotta be Bb.
     
  8. jiarby

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    No High G on your Bb...?? Don't play lead. No offense intended.
     
  9. TrentAustin

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    IMO no way... work on your range to the G and tell your band director to pick more appropriate music for the players' strength.
     
  10. TrentAustin

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    This is more an issue of the poor programming of the band director not picking appropriate music for the ensemble which IMO happens far too often these days.
     

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