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Re: flugelhorn too loud
Practice the Nocturne movement from the Tomasi concerto from box 12 to the end. It decrescendos while going up to an A above the staff and ends on A with a fermata marked ppp. I never worked with a band director who taught how to do this. The conventional wisdom of “More air on the high notes!" doesn't cut it. It sounds cool when done well but it’s like Tomasi took a deliberate swipe at conventional brass pedagogy.