I am a junior in high school. 1st chair Symphonic Band Play 1st part in Symphony Orchestra Lead Trumpet in Jazz Band. (Not to toot my own horn [ironic] just details for your analysis) I have struggled with my range forever, but if been slowly getting it up there with my teacher. However recently towards the end of Jazz practice i notice a 'indentation' on the right side of my lips. Its not exactly swelling, but its kinda bruised on the inside ish. Obviously that is caused by using too much pressure. I normally put my pinky in the ring and play just fine, but i guess just having all these ledger lines thrown in my face in jazz subconciously makes me use way more pressure and i cram the horn down my throat. But i dont have the sensation in my teeth that your teeth are being pushed back? I warm down extremely good everday and every seperate rehersal. i buzz my lips constently on the drive home, get home and ice them for 10 ish minutes. I will talk with my teacher tomorrow because she can actually look at it. Although i havent played all weekend to rest. Is this just my embouchure adjusting to the workload? (that happend sophmore year during marching season, my top lip basiclly morphed into the mouthpiece shape) Is icing the right thing to do? Are there better treatments for this like heat? Should I just simply not play with my pinky in the ring?