Some Background: My son, a high school sophomore, has been playing for +/- 5 years and participated in his Jr. & HS orchestra in 6th grade through his freshman year. As well he has participated in the HS Symphonic Band at state competitions (the group taking top honors) and some performances at the request of the band director. He is currently asst. principal with the local youth symphony and seated with an area semi-pro community symphony which performed Beethoven 9 this past weekend. Private lessons consist of weekly UB, weekly jazz piano, and bi-weekly electric bass all with top instructors in our area. He has been previously seated with the local youth jazz orchestra, and plans to audition again this weekend. This year (his HS sophomore) he decided, with my blessing, to take Jazz Band which did not allow him enough class periods to also participate in the orchestra class. When he had to make his class elections last school year he discussed this with the orchestra director whom was very upset and disappointed. My son offered to attended every after school orchestra rehearsal and performance, however the orchestra director has not allowed this saying it would then have to be offered to everyone and then no one would take the class. The Situation: His plans are to pursue Music Education & Music Performance (one or both, still deciding and subject to change) in college. He has attended a few fairs over the last 18 months, educating himself on the opportunities and alternatives, and providing his resume to the institution representative trying to develop their interest in him. The HS orchestra teacher has been pressuring him to come back for his JR & SR years saying that the top colleges & universities will look differently at him, possibly negatively, if he does not participate in the high school orchestra during his Jr & Sr years. He really enjoys the jazz band and it also provides another side to his musical development. The Question: We realize there is a vast wealth of knowledge here so thought we would ask for advice and opinions on the orchestra teachers comments regarding how colleges and universities may look at him if he continues with the jazz band vs. orchestra for the remainder of his HS career. I do expect he will pursue Upright Bass & music in some college major, and of course scholarship potential would not upset me. Thanks so much in advance for your insight. Cheers!