Rests in trumpet solos are for . . .
- emptying your spit valve as many times as possible before you have to play again.
- tensing up and not moving a muscle.
- letting the audience know you are scared.
- trying to impress the audience that you are not scared.
- concentrating like mad.
- adjusting your glasses.
- rubbing your lips as if in great pain.
- loudly blubbering your lips as you try to get blood back into the embouchure.
- seeing if you can oil your sticky third valve before the next entrance.
- moving the tuning slide a thousandth of an inch with great concern.
- frowning with disapproval.
- turning away from the audience to violently empty the spit.
All of these are right, class. But have you considered the rests as a chance to quickly refocus, to take a breath, and to restart with enough support to get through the next passage with no damage done to you or to the music? Think of the rests as service stations along the highway. You'll be more alert and rested if you make full use of them. Your ideas are all good, boys and girls, but the most important is to prepare yourself for what lies ahead.