I am interested in the expert opinion of the Trumpet Cyberworld @ large on what you would recommend on a practice routine that would be beneficial in a 1 hour scenario. I have been an Instrumental Music/Band Director for over 24 years with a myriad of responsibilities ( that anyone who is a fellow director can attest to), and there are too many days that I will be home late ( not a complaint ) due to after school responsibilities that leave me drained and musically depleted. I have always been and will always be of the opinion that for me to be an effective teacher, I must be an active participant in the art form ( practice what I preach). I try to practice @ least 1 hour per day to maintain (at the very least), but as I fast approach the BIG 5-0, this get's a little bit more difficult. I have found over the years that when I am able to practice @ least 2 hours per day ( as I am presently doing on Summer holiday) I have great balance in my playing. Now, mind you, nobody from the NY Philharmonic, and/or the LCJO has to worry about me stealing their gig, but I still aspire to be the best Trumpeter practicing in my living room! What I seek from the forum at large is what do you practice to maintain ( or possibly improve upon) your chops, etc, etc? Books/Methods that I continue to gravitate towards are; Arbans, Clarke Technical Studies, Colin: Lip Flexibilities, and Concone. I have recently starting using Stamp, Irons, Bai Lin and Flexus. I look forward to your responses and I thank you in advance for your consideration!