I havn't been on this page for awhile as i'm a senior and i've had college stuff to take care of, but I have a importand question. Our new band director this year has decided to change the marching band camp schedule. He is considering doing 7 hours a day of solid playing for 2 weeks in July. We have a small band of 30 people and only 4 trumpet players (not including me as im graduating). Now according to the director this is enough time to get the show on the field, teach new players how to march and memorize the music AND that the intensive practice would make the players far better.
What worries me is that this man has been quoted saying things like this "a good trumpet player only needs 10 minutes to warm up jake, you just need more practice", "marching band is the best way to practice as its the hardest music to play", "playing a brass intrument is like running, if you play till your dead everyday you will double your endurance", "to play high notes you just push more and buzz faster" and my all time favorite "jake, im shocked you play on a 5c, you should be playing a 1c (bach) because that would make you play so much higher and make you sound way better".
I've taken a couple years of private lessons from a very tallented trumpet player and even though i'm still not that great, I am worried that this director will ruin the entire trumpet section. As some of them are already doing what he says, and to force 4 sophomore trumpets to play a lead part that they can barely get out for five+ hours at a time without giving them a break is not going to help them.
I told him (very very diplomaticaly) that maybe he should do 3 hour practices and include breaks where the trumpets dont HAVE to play for just a longer period of time. He laughed and told me I didn't learn something right if thats what I think would help, he said he would only consider if a skilled trumpet player backed me up on the issue, which according to him would never happen. Im just really worried about my section please help!