Hey trumpet peeps, thought I would share a valuable lesson I learned with you. So recently I went on a military exercise into "the field" in the Australian Outback. I didn't have room to pack a mouthpiece let alone a trumpet. I'd have taken my Bach and not my Monette into a field environment. The lesson is I should have made room for my mouthpiece so I could play it to keep my chops up as nothing truly replaces actually playing into a mouthpiece. I thought doing isometric exercises while not playing would keep my muscles from atrophy better than it did. I was seriously out of space in my two packs but know for next time to find some, somehow. Coming back and getting back into playing has been a bit rough but everyday my muscles are less sore and stronger so I'm looking to be good to go to play this Sunday in church. I mean it when I tell you the trumpet is one unforgiving instrument!