Like a lot of people in the States I started in school band. After being fairly seriously about playing clarinet in JHS and HS I got talked out of pursuing a music degree because "what kind of job can you get with it".
Now, thirty years later I'm studying clarinet again. I've added flute which I always wanted to study. I'm also pursuing guitar and keys but not as seriously. I'm also working to learn electronic production. My goal is to make my own music a la Vangelis, Jarre, Kitaro, Black Tape for a Blue Girl, and so on.