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The same reeds and gear I use for my own professional engagements, along with prices that match the big stores we offer valuable advice. 

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(Simon Cole plays Prarie Dawn) (Copland)

Inspired by the most prized, vintage mouthpieces of the 1920s, the Reserve harnesses modern technology, pioneered by D’Addario, to recreate the incomparable craftsmanship found in these legendary works of art. 

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"The pattern of progress can be compared to an oncoming tide-wave after wave moves onward seemingly with the same upsurge, but once in a while, one of the waves reaches ahead of the others, and then seems to be followed by the others, until the same motion occurs anew. Progress always moves forward-it is never still. The minute one feels that a certain level has been achieved at that precise moment one stops progressing, unless one tries to reach a higher level still or else regression starts and the level goes down. Perfection does not exist, but the ambition to reach it makes for unending progress and self satisfaction."  Bonade 

Cole's Music Band Instruments sales repairs lessons

Reality check

Some people are under the impression that as a “union” member and part of the PGSO professional core that I have a high paying salaried job. One could forgive them after all I play just like the players in the big orchestras that they listen to on CD.

In fact I make c$9985 a year according to my T4.  My “benefits” include pension contributions from my employer and 7 ( usually unclaimed sick days).

Out of this I pay:

Instrument insurance and maintenance ($1000 a year)

Reeds ( for Bb clarinet Eb and Bass clarinet) ( $2000 year)

Replacement parts ( barrels and mouthpieces this year I had to replace them all as the PGSO is now playing at a 442-445)( $1900  this year)

Scores and recording of the works so I can show up to the first reh playing perfectly) ( $1159 this year)

Periodic replacement of clarinets ( this year that was $2813 )

Total $8872

End result less than $1113 for my efforts. For this I work 2-4 hours a day, every day (In addition to whatever else I have to do), I have had 0  vacations in the last in 26 years.

Of course I  think this  (playing great music as well as possible) is worth while even with so little reward or I wouldn't have done  it for 26 years. That is how great music is.

Alban Classical

Private performance April 14

PGSO April 21

Wind World Alban classical school show April 23 and 30