Roy Killough

what mouthpiece should i use to start on baritone?

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Hi I am a new member here and have been wanting to ask a question about mouthpiece size. I play Bass Trombone and am currently using a Schilke 59 mouthpiece, should i continue to use this mouthpiece as i continue to learn Baritone? or should i look for a smaller mouthpiece and what brand? i don't know if certain corps want certain size and brand mouthpieces so we all match but if it helps to answer my question i want to audition for either Carolina crown, Cadets or Blue coats next year. If anyone has any suggestions or can help me figure this out it would be much appreciated! 

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Hey Roy, sorry you haven't received much help, and I dunno if you still need it, but an all-around amazing mouthpiece is the Schilke 51D. It's very similar to the 59, and has reliably served me for several years. As for specific corps, you'll have to ask around with current marchers/alumni. 

Happy huntings, enjoy the baritone!

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I doubt many marching euphs or baritones play well with a 59; that's a big mouthpiece.  We used 51Ds (or similar) on baritone in the USMC D&B, and a smaller mouthpiece for the euphs (often a Giddings & Webster GW-102, which is probably closer to a 51 or a 6 1/2).  Get a 51D as a baseline, and expect to possibly need a small shank if you get on bari instead of euphonium.

Either way, I'll expect that everyone in the line will be using the same mouthpiece -- but don't worry about it for now.  But do get used to a smaller one than a 59.

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