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Professional since 1976. Right out of high school I joined the Marine Corps. Played woodwinds in the Camp Lejeune band. Started playing bars in 1980. Learned mandolin and began playing Irish and old-timey 10 years ago. Brought my Muramatsu to Irish about a month ago. Flute IS the top of the instrument world. Playing flute, whistle, mandolin, guitar, bass, singing. Big Irish session every Tuesday in Bay City, Michigan. Contra dances (old-timey) monthly and usually an additional old-timey tavern session each month.