My son came in yesterday with the music for Allstate. He placed well last year after I worked with him. We put the music up on the stand. he asked me to play it through for him one time. Dang! Nothing from Arbans. Here is what they are doing:
2013 All-State Exercises
One piece goes up to high C several times, a number of close to octave lip slurs, and a fairly grueling ending, and with no rests throughout the piece that ends on a high C. I realize I haven't played technical stuff in many many years, but I sounded terrible reading this. Worked on it for about 15 minutes without huge improvement. Came in today and gave it another shot. Better, but I will have to stop 3 times to get through it. chops just won't last- and I don't see pulling the high C at the end any time soon.
Yes, I realize this isn't that difficult for some pros. But this is high school. How many kids are going to walk through the door and knock this one out of the park?
I imagine some posts will say we need to set high standards, demand more, etc. (I am an educator and expound such frequently). This just seemed to me a little high on the difficulty scale. we have another post running about why bands are shrinking. Don't see that this helps.