To be an effective lead player, one must have good sound, projection, stylistic concept and time.  Being a lead player means a lot more than just having a good upper register.  A lead player’s main job is to lead the section and to set up interpretation and phrasing for the whole ensemble.  The lead trumpet player is the “concert master” of a big band.  I feel that a great lead player should be the least creative person in the band.  He or she must play everything exactly the same every time the band performs the tune.  Changing the interpretation to fit one’s whim that night takes away from the confidence of the rest of the band.  They all rely on the consistency of a good lead player.

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