Yvo, he is not a stressed out kid. He is just lying to himself (and us). Trumpet playing is not that tough. If he was paying any attention to his teachers and "professionals", some of the things would be very clear. He asked for help and then came back and said "no way, I play with a serious band". If his chops are that messed up, no serious band would have him. This is BS from front to back. He got good safe advice and is not willing to listen or even give it a chance. Punks get treated as such. If they know so much, why the sob story?