Hi, I'm new here to the Talk Bass forums, but I often read the threads as they are interesting and I'm always learning new things from them. But I decided to start an account in hopes of having a question that has been on my mind answered. Considering you, Mr. Neher, work with double bass players every day, I thought you would be the right person to ask this question to. I am a sophomore in an American highschool in Germany, and I currently play bass in my highschool's Advanced winds band. Also, I recently made the DoDDs Europe Honor's Jazz Seminar, in which I will spend a week in Italy working on my jazz skills and playing concerts. I enjoy both styles of bass playing, but recently I started wondering what the proccess is like when you graduate highschool. Can you earn scholar-ships for playing the double bass? Do schools ever look at accomplishments such as playing at Honors festivals like the one I just mentioned? Do schools also look at other instruments played besides the one I would like to work with after highschool? Is it possible to have an actual career with the double bass, or electric bass for that matter? I am sorry for the amount of questions, but I just want to know what the future can be like for a dedicated double bass player like myself after highschool. Thank you, any comments would be greatly appreciated.