I sat in with a cover band from Napa called, "Band 707." I got there late, and they were on their last set of practice. But I was able to sit in on about a dozen tunes.
They will be performing next Saturday at the Napa College, for a Festival & Open House, celebrating the 75th anniversary in honor of founding president Harry McPherson.
In the practice today, I didn't have a mic, and it is an electric, amplified band - they Rock out, so with my experience of playing in electric/amplified bands, I decided to restrict my volume of playing to about forte.
I've had the experience of "blowing out my chops," and that is not a great feeling. So I hope I get my own mic at the gig next Saturday.
In all honesty, I like to play with a smooth sound, by getting on a mic up close, I feel like I can blend more easily and not have to focus on the physical effort of a "volume war" between the musicians, and mostly just focus on the execution of the parts I have to play. It's also really nice to get on a mic, if you have a "nice sound," where it can be amplified and people hopefully hear that through the speakers.
In these amplified bands, I've had some terrible gigs, not musically as much, but sound wise (we didn't have a sound guy), I was overblowing and not playing on the mic. I honestly didn't care for the way that sounded on a video playback.
So, my point is, playing the trumpet in an electric type band, could be very tricky. 1. You don't want to blow your chops out. 2. It could get tough to hear yourself. 3. The sheer volume of the other amplified musicians, could definetely be a distraction for you to execute your trumpet parts.
So, it takes some experience, as a trumpeter, playing in loud Rock type bands, in my opinion.
I've had my fair share of experience sitting in with this band, when I first started playing in bands, since about 1996.
Just keep on playing in any bands as a trumpeter as you can. Build up the experiences, both good and bad. I really believe your chops, concept of sound, self awareness, music mind, etc., will develop to higher levels. I still feel like I'm improving every practice with every group I get to sit in with.