A week of heavy playing? The next week, starting today, I have to do heavy duty shedding on lead trumpet parts for jazz ensemble, learn a playoff piece we are doing in wind ensemble to reorder chairs (i really want first chair.). Same goes for tomorrow, then monday we have normal wind ensemble rehearsal, plus playoff piece help during lunch. Then on tuesday, playoff, rehearsal for wind ensemble, rehearsal for jazz ensemble, then a jazz concert we are doing at our towns state of the schools. Then wednesday wind ensemble rehearsal, and more shedding of jazz parts. Thursday, wind ensemble, and then a jazz cafe, and on friday, wind ensemble rehearsal, and then a jazz band competition. And on top of that tuesday wednesday and thursday are pit rehearsal. Does anyone know of any good warms up or other things I can do to make sure my chops work well and feel well for all of these? I have a solid endurance, but lead trumpet, with my braces, takes a toll on my lips, as the rubbing from my lips vibrating leads to blisters on my lips after a long playing session... essentially, what do you do when you have a schedule coming up of heavy playing you are typically not used too? I haven't had this heavy of playing since marching band in the fall, and this upcoming month is constant playing (I am pretty happy about that ). Any tips/help/words of advice would be greatly appreciated!