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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000714.txt from 2004/10

From: "rien stein" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Is Clarinet for Girly Boys Only?
Date: Sun, 24 Oct 2004 18:29:29 -0400

Gary van Cott wrote

That age thing someone mentioned seems to apply to both sexes around
here. There are not many few amateur clarinetists in Las Vegas who are
between about 25-40.

I had a similar experience when I entered my first orchestra: I was a
student at that time, and a joined a wind band. There were some 10 people
aged less than 25, and some thirty people over 50, and me (almost 30) in

And many years after, when I joined the Maartensdijk band, there was an even
stronger imbalance as to age: 20 members were under 20, 23 were over 50,
three were in between!

This imbalance still exist, but not as flagrant anymore:many of the youths
quit for diverse reasons like moving to another play, internal quarrels,
etc, whereas the older ones left for different reasons, but the imbalance
still exists.


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