At sectionals some months ago my community band director, who is a fantastic trumpet player, asked me to play a line that started on G above the staff and stopped at the B below High C. He told me to play it with a good sound and make it sound lyrical. Well, I tried and he stopped me, and he said "It doesn't sound like you are comfortable up there, take it down." He also mentioned that I might have "ledger line syndrome" I would really love to have a solid high C but I am miles away from this. My main focus is to try and blend with everyone well, play in tune, and generally contribute to the section sounding good. BUT, I am really frustrated with my lack of range. It's my understanding from my teachers that playing higher is really about speed of air not amount of air. I can't figure out how to speed up the air past a certain point. I understand that most trumpet students struggle with "high" notes, but I always assumed most people that picked up the horn and practiced diligently would be able to at least get up to a high C in a few years. I'm just wondering if this sounds normal or if it sounds like I might be doing something fundamentally wrong? I am willing to accept whatever the reality is and move on continuing to work at it. What do you guys think?
If you need visual or auditory reference, here is a video of me playing :
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