At what point does school get sacrificed for playing IF trying to go for a playing career? --------- At no point should school get sacrificed. If you can't do both, you'll end up spending your Friday nights searching for an Open Mike bar and your days filled with asking the question "Do you want fries with that?" to hundreds of people. A degree? Its better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. You'll always be a trumpet player and working on getting better, right? Johnny Costa(possibly the most underated jazz pianist in history) got a degree in music education so he would have something to fall back on if the music thing didn't pan out.