Ok so I have not read a thread on this yet so I thought I would put this out there for people to think about, put in their 2 cents or even just learn a thing or two.
To be a professional trumpet player (lets say, in a commercial environment not an orchestral one). I hear so much about how one must be a very strong player to succeed in this genre of music. Do you have to be a "lead" player who can do aaall the bells and whistles when it comes to trumpet playing? What about the people who play 2nd, 3rd, 4th and EVEN 5th trumpet in the pro world? Are they normally just as good as the lead player? If that is the case how do they decide who plays what part? I might have won a professional job with the military and I've heard that most of the trumpet players they hire are lead players which will garantee a extremely strong section. But are there professional 2nd, 3rd and 4th players out there? If there are then do they audition for that spot? Do people want to play a professional 2nd part? (It seems that most people who audition for the pro world want the lead parts)
Just something I was thinking about earlier