I've recently been playing the baritone horn just to try it out and am starting to really like it. Marching band is forced upon us and it kills my chop playing trumpet, but it's not near as bad with the baritone. I also think even after a couple days I sound maybe even better on the baritone. It rips a chunk of my heart out every time I think about it but I think it may be better for me to switch to baritone. The person who will "section leader" next year for the trumpets tells me I'm not switching as we don't need someone else to basically just play the trombone part and we need more trumpets, but I'm more focused on what will be better with me in my future. I'm thinking about going into music education so with a career in music I am much more concerned with me being on the instrument thats best for me than there being one less trumpet next year. What do you all think? I really like playing trumpet, and if I switch I will still play it on the side, but with being in the 10th grade, I want to consider these choices before it gets to late. Also with the possibility of getting a professional trumpet soon, I want to make sure thats what I really need to invest in now.
By the way, I've talked to my band director about switching to baritone horn for marching band and he said maybe, and with school starting next week I might see about switching to baritone for concert band to. And just so I am sure I am switching for the right reasons, can someone list some good reasons to make the switch and some bad reasons to make the switch?