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High school big band Trumpet practical highest notes C5-D5 (is it true)?


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I don't play trumpet or any brass and wonder if anyone here can give me some insight.

Because I'm writing a chart that is target for high school big band players.

Is it true that generally C5-D5 is the practical highest notes for high school or general trumpet players?

I heard for professional players, D5-F5 is fine / practical. But generally (or for high school band) up to C5-D5 is more practical ?! 

Also, if write for professionals, will A5 be practical?

Thank you so much!

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12 hours ago, PaperComposer said:

Are you sure you don't mean to be asking about the written C6 - D6 for Bb Trumpets?  (which would be a concert Bb5 - C6)  1st Trumpets even in high school can usually be expected to hit a C6 but not too much higher than that.

 

Thank you so much for this. Yes, I meant Bb Trumpet. I was thinking in concert pitch and did mean C5 (the C one octave above middle C).

Thank you for your response. Hm...I'll take this into account. It's weird that I got that information from a trumpet player, who claims he's professional.... hmm...

When I was writing, just felt this range (Eb4 - C5 or D5) is just too narrow, hard to write.. 

So I was looking for guidance. Thanks ! 

 

 

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4 minutes ago, Compopo said:

Thank you so much for this. Yes, I meant Bb Trumpet. I was thinking in concert pitch and did mean C5 (the C one octave above middle C).

That is weird - the C one octave above middle C is not very high for a trumpet.  They can usually go at least one octave above that.  I wonder why your trumpet player friend said that - maybe he was talking about high school 3rd Trumpet players which aren't very reliable in a range higher than that?  I can't really think of another reason.

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45 minutes ago, PaperComposer said:

That is weird - the C one octave above middle C is not very high for a trumpet.  They can usually go at least one octave above that.  I wonder why your trumpet player friend said that - maybe he was talking about high school 3rd Trumpet players which aren't very reliable in a range higher than that?  I can't really think of another reason.

 

I see. So if it means 3rd player, it'd be much better. Then melody (for the lead) have more freedom / varieties of options.

I'll you know if I have any new discovery about this info. 

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On 2/10/2021 at 3:43 PM, PeterthePapercomPoser said:

That is weird - the C one octave above middle C is not very high for a trumpet.  They can usually go at least one octave above that.  I wonder why your trumpet player friend said that - maybe he was talking about high school 3rd Trumpet players which aren't very reliable in a range higher than that?  I can't really think of another reason.

 

After some research / findings here and there, I believe C6-D6 should be the comfortable / practical high(est) range in general. Thank you for this.

I'll ignore what that musician told me. I won't have chance to see him again anyway (to discuss/confirm).  

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