A discipline of trumpet playing which i always hear horror stories about is playing big band lead trumpet. If it is not stories about players collapsing on stage, it is about a good trumpet player who mashes his (or her we cannot be sexist) chops up to the point of complete embouchure submission over years of metal grinding. In my experience some of the worst victims of lead trumpet playing are classical musicians who "have a go" without the necessary preparation. My questions to TM is what are the potential pitfalls of switching suddenly to big band? What preparation is necessary for a "Classically trained" trumpet player to change to a lead big band player? Has anyone got any funny or serious/philosophical stories about lead playing?