So I'm a senior in high school and have been a fan of the drum corps Carolina Crown for a long time, and have always wanted to march there. My band director is on brass staff for Crown and I asked him about any available trumpet spots, and he recommended I try lead mellophone. He listened to me and said I sounded good, and he gave me some music to work on. This is sort of a two part thread, but I'll start with this question, how can I gain better control over note accuracy on Mellophone? I've also noticed it's harder to play in tune (maybe I just need to get used to hearing the note then playing it), and hard to play as loud as trumpet. Any other advice for marching lead mello in drum corps? Also, I've messed around at some school pep band games and tried euphonium, and even tuba once or twice. I was decent on euphoniuim, but my tone sounds pinched as I get higher. On Tuba, I just plain sucked. I've noticed on Euphonium and Mellophone, you don't have to work nearly as hard for the higher notes (to a point). I've only played Euph and Mello a few times, so I could be wrong, but it seems like you have to work the hardest to play high on the Trumpet, is that true?