I have been playing the oboe since fifth grade. I started out on those Fibercane reeds (with little warmth to their tone.) I still could make a sound, and from my teachers, I learned a lot of music. Finally I moved up to wood reeds but they were not very nice to play on and were from a local music store. I was told that every oboe player had their own individual sound, and assumed that mine had already been found. As I progressed, and got into all counties, summer camps and more, however I wanted to get into an orchestra. I was told I had potential, however I needed to work on my resonance and tone.I needed to be louder, have a controllable vibrato, and stand out. I visited a college in Miami, and upon speaking to Robert Weiner (Eastman student), I was given a list of good oboe sites. I tried MKL’s Reeds and found that my individual sound was changed into a sweeter and gorgeous tone. I enjoyed practicing more, and decided that I was ready to audition for an orchestra.I tried out for Hochstein’s main orchestra, but sadly didn’t get in. I was told that they liked my sound, and could tell something would develop. As a result I was put into the Philharmonia which was an orchestra at Hochstein, only a step below the one I desired. I worked really hard that year, and decided that I was ready to shoot higher that before, and try out for the RPYO, at Eastman. The audition sounded great and (due to my amazing progression with MKL), I was accepted into the orchestra (where I play with the RPO, and will be traveling to Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and more!) I really discovered my individual talent once I started with MKL. I have become so successful!