Note:This thesis is part of a research project submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in the School of Music. The project also involved the preparation and performance of a recital of music related to the thesis topic.

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Title:Routine maintenance: A comparative analysis of the daily practice routines of lead and high-note trumpet players
Author(s):Bryant, Barksdale James Edward
Contributor(s):Carillo, Teofilo; Romm, Ronald; Spencer, Joel; Gee, Erin
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Abstract:Playing lead trumpet in a big band setting is a position that demands much from a musician. The skills necessary not only include a great rhythmic concept for the music and the ability to play consistently in the upper register, but also the capacity to interpret the various aspects of dynamics and articulations with regularity for the band to follow. To become a proficient lead trumpeter, one must dedicate time to a daily practice routine that promotes growth and maintenance of the trumpet fundamentals while also studying and listening to the music of the idiom. This study explores the daily routines of lead and high-note trumpet players to assess the techniques, methods, and method books most commonly used. Using a questionnaire to gather the information, the participants of this study have submitted their experience regarding their personal practice routines during both developmental and professional stages. Because very little has been written about practice routines for this specialized position, the compilation of these routines is a valuable resource for students developing a personal schedule. With the specific skills needed to perform as a lead or high-note trumpeter, a musician desiring to work at the professional level must maintain these skills with the necessary trumpet techniques that are shown throughout this study.
Issue Date:2017-04-07
Publisher:School of Music. College of Fine and Applied Arts. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 Barksdale James Edward Bryant
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-05-23

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