Hey, we are starting our marching season off at our highschool, and my band director (new this year) has seen the amount of trumpet players that we have (about 30) and was impressed, and has decided to choose a song that would suit the amount of trumpets that we have. Now, I know he knew that he didn't expect all 30 of us to march, but that first day, he did not expect seven of us to show up. Our four best players are gone this year (college, moving, or simply do not want to march) and so we are stuck with now 8 freshman-sophmores and 2 sophmore-juniors (3 more trumpets joined). We actually had to do a call out, and we managed to get 2 people from the woodwind section to pick up trumpet on the fly, and try to march with us, because a fortissississimo with (what is supposed to be) 30 trumpets is going to be hard to do when there is 10 of us.
So, our 2 new trumpet players are doing rather well, and there are 4 people in the 3rd section: me, the 2 newbies (Rachel and Alli), and my good friend Evan. Alli plays flute, and Rachel plays alto. Everyone has marched except for me, so that means in the thirds, we have one who has both marched and knows how to play trumpet, 2 whom have marched and dont play the trumpet, and me, who plays the trumpet but doesn't march.
Our song has some 16th notes, and we have to double tongue it (although i found that the same effect is achieveable with triple tonguing, which i found easier to do). Now, I can barely double tongue, But the rest of our thirds can't. How could i possibly teach them how to double/triple tongue? either works at this point. I am meeting up with them in about 2 weeks, and after that we have about a week before marching starts, and Evan will not be there for the first week. I do not wish to have to replace those 16th notes with 8th notes, because our band director threatened us with this.
Also, there is a high Eb (the one on the fourth space on the staf, not the one above.) and the newbies are finding it difficult to go above a C. I have written them several practices to work on, and took a couple pictures of some practices in the Arban's Book for them to look at, as I am in a different state currently, and facebook is one of my only means of contact.
Does anyone have suggestions on how to improve upon teaching these newbies how to double tongue and play higher?
I never thought I would end up being a mini section leader (not really a section leader, more like 3rd part leader) when this is my first year of marching. I've been planning everything!