Garry, nice post - you too bring some interesting thoughts to the discussion. Here's something interesting that I would like to share. As most of you probably know by now, I gig with a rock and roll party band on the weekends. For those who don't know, the name of the band is "The New Monopoly": http://www.newmonopoly.com (Or simply click the "www" in my profile line) How I wound up in this band is interesting, but it's also related to Garry's post, and I believe it also bears some relevance to the conversation at hand. I got this gig because of someone I knew - at the time I was subbing a lot in a big band called The Blue Moon Big Band - and one evening the lead trombone player calls me up and asks if I would be interested in subbing a rock band job, which I accepted. At the time, the band didn't have regular horn players and the bandleader was looking for players to permanently fill those spots. One of the tunes the band played that night was "Margaritaville", a tune which I could easily cover, and after the set, I joked with Justin, the bandleader that I could have sung it. Well, he had a gig the next weekend and asked if I would play it and during that gig, he called me on my joke, called the tune "Margaritaville" and I found myself with a microphone in my hand, singing about a "lost shaker of salt". See, he can get a slew of trumpet players to cover the trumpet book, and undoubtely cover it better than I can, but can he find someone who can play the trumpet book AND reliably sing lead, read vocal charts and sing backups, play auxilary percussion AND play the drum kit in a pinch? My horn playing is only part of the reason I have kept the gig - it's my overall versatility that really got me the gig and keeps me there, and that links in to what Garry said. It's one thing to be a one trick pony, but the more you can do and the more versatile you are, the more you opportunities will arise for you. By the way, these days not only do I currently cover Margaritaville as a lead vocalist, but I also cover a slew of other tunes ranging from Bobby Darin (Mack The Knife) to James Taylor (Carolina In My Mind) to Bruce Springsteen (Glory Days) and I sing backups anywhere I'm not playing trumpet. I do enough with music that these days I'm content to play trumpet on the side in a party band and play drums on Sundays for a Worship band, even if I don't get to do it quite as much or as well as I would like. Everything is a tradeoff unless you can somehow manage to become a superstar.