Back in 1977 when I was a Freshman in HS
, I played clarinet in band. We only had one band, so Freshmen were a welcome addition. We had a really talented Freshman clarinetist who got all the solos, period. I had the opportunity as a Sophomore (after football season) to do a clarinet trio by Francois Couperin with him and another Sophomore. By the time I was a senior, there were too many clarinetists, and because I had "good rhythm" as our director said, I got to play bass drum for all the football games that year. Much cooler than clarinet, I'll say.
By then I had been playing guitar, electric bass for three years and getting into Jimi Hendrix, Cream, the Beatles, the Who, etc., so I had an image to uphold, y'understand?
"The deeper you go, the higher you fly. The higher you fly, the deeper you go."