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Advice for Students who "Double"

Gigs that I've had with the Richmond Symphony, the Continentals, most of the local theaters, and even my first pro gig as reed player can be credited either directly or indirectly to clarinet skills. There are flute players out there that can tell you similar stories.

NOTE: If you are a professional or a college player sitting in with such groups, try to keep your ego in check. There are many fine amateur players who man these groups, and they are there playing with the community group even when you have to miss their concert in order to fulfill your professional or college obligations. Remember that your presence in such a group benefits you as well as them, and try to focus on being helpful rather than being competitive. Remember that sometimes the only difference between the amateur and the professional is the paycheck.