I'm a part of a marching band in mid-Michigan, where the weather varies widely from day to day and often hour to hour. The band I'm a part of is currently wrapping up our competition season over the next two weeks. Within our show, I'm a baritone soloist playing on a Yamaha instrument, with which I naturally play flat in the higher register (where most of the solo takes place). Obviously with temperatures in the 50s or lower, this is even more evident.
I'm looking for suggestions to help mitigate this issue. I've currently attempted the following:
- Pushing in all tuning slides
- Switching to a smaller mouthpiece
- Slurring up (mixed results, helps intonation but harms my ability to play with a supported tone)
I've received comments about my intonation for most of this month, and some performances have been better than others. One option I have considered is switching to a trombone for the solo, but this will require some rehearsing and also has the problem that it'll just be sitting out for about two minutes at the very least in the cold.