Nice to see this thread still rolling along. I just noticed the change david had made to the original post too. So to roll with that: First off, for those that don't know, I play clarinet, alto sax, flute, piano and a few other things. What caused you to start playing? When I was a kid, I was wandering around the dinner table one day and spotted my Dad's clarinet laying on the table and I thought to myself, "Hey, that looks cool, I want to do that!" Are you still playing that instrument/those instruments today? Yep, still playing... the only instrument I don't play much anymore is bass clarinet and that's because I'm poor and cheap and a good Bass Clarinet is big money, so I don't have my own. Is there an instrument you'd like to take up playing? Well, I'd like to get into harmonica more. I used to have one, but it vanished, so eventually I'll pick up another one and get back into it. I like the idea of playing guitar, and I have an old acoustic laying around the house, but I just never had enough ambition to really try to learn it. Who were your musical influences? My Dad, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Richard Stoltzman, various 60s groups, Beetles/Beach boys/etc., Tijuana Brass, etc. Now, I have a much wider variety of musical influences. Jazz, Country, Rock, Pop, etc. I especially like ensembles that use classical instruments to play modern sounding music. There's a group called Edmund Welles that I love because they are a Bass Clarinet quartet that plays rock covers and original tunes that are a mix of Classical and Rock. What style(s) of music do you enjoy playing the most? I enjoy playing Jazz the most, because hey, you get to take someone else's stuff and turn it into something that is completely your own. Do you play on your own? With a band, or other musical group? Right now there are two pops-style community bands that I play with. Mostly modern classical-style concert band music mixed with jazz, show tunes, movie music, standards, etc. I also sing with a couple choirs. I play in church occasionally, especially during the summer when the choir takes off. There's a few annual events I take part in, mostly Messiah sings where I either sing or play clarinet with a volunteer pickup orchestra. Any interesting stories to share about your life, during your musical journey? Hmm... not really. It's been fun though. Playing with larger ensembles takes you places, lets you meet a lot of people you normally wouldn't, and can give you some unique opportunities. The thing I love and hate the most is playing in an orchestra, especially a high level one playing high level music. I did this once in college. It is so nerve wracking and tough for a wind player. There's plenty of string players, but usually only two of each wind instrument and sometimes the guy next to you is even playing a different part. It's so fun after you finish because if you can play in an orchestra, you can play anywhere, but until you pull it off, it's pretty nerve wracking. Somehow it's even worse than standing in front of a bunch of people to sing a solo (which is almost as bad on the nerves).