As of late, I have been very frustrated playing trumpet due to an overall lack of endurance, and I'm not completely sure why. I play in a rock and roll party band and over the last few months, gigging with this band has not been much fun. I find that I'm hanging on for dear life by the end of the gig - I just don't seem to have any endurance anymore. In fact, I'm usually hitting bottom sometime in the second set - not good! At first I just chalked it up to the fact that I wasn't practicing like I should. I have been playing a lot of drums lately and I was choosing to do that rather than break out the horn. After all, I don't have ANY chops problems when it comes to playing drums. However, over the last few weeks, I have really upped my practicing on my horn in an effort to bring about some change so that I can start enjoying myself on the gig again. Unfortunately, I'm still chopping out as if I wasn't practicing at all. After 24 years of playing and gigging, you would think that I would have a pretty good idea about things that I can do in the practice room that would help to aleviate my lack of endurance on the gig, but this time, it doesn't appear to be working. One aspect that I have considered is that it could possibly be how the sets are structured. The horn book has over 230 charts in it and it's pretty much at the whim of the bandleader what we play and what order we play it in, so it is possible that if certain tunes are called in sequence, I could be hitting rock bottom fairly fast because there are some tunes that are long, LONG blows. Something else that I have considered is my general lack of physical fitness these days. For 10 years while I was in the Army (1989 - 1999, age 19 - 29) it was just expected that you stay in shape, plus toward the end of my time in the Army, my state of physical fitness was a top priority for me and I spent 5 - 6 days a week lifting weights and doing cardio. (stationary biking, running, stairmaster, etc) Unfortunately, since I left active duty military in 1999, due to not having time built into my work schedule for it, my efforts at maintaining my physical fitness have been hit or miss, and I'm probably in worse shape now than I have been in over a decade. Could that lack of fitness be what is killing my endurance on the bandstand? After all, trumpet is an incredibly physical instrument, especially if you are playing in a rock band. So, if anyone has any insights regarding this, I would be more than happy to hear them since playing trumpet and gigging in this band have become very frustrating for me.