This article was somewhat interesting. It appeared in early October 2010 and as you can see is titled the Principal Players, and the source listed at the bottom is the San Diego Symphony. On page 25 of the musician’s collective bargaining agreement with the SDSO it states “ the Concertmaster, Principal Associate Concertmaster and Principal Second Violin shall likewise be deemed principals” . I was pretty surprised to be excluded from this group, being the longest serving string section principal in the 100 year history of the SDSO. Is factual accuracy and credibility important in journalism anymore? I am speculating now, but maybe I was excluded because I am the only principal in the Symphony out of 17 principals that is a San Diego native, which makes me somewhat redundant, being a known quantity. In any event, I started getting calls from friends asking if I was still a member of the Symphony or not. The answer is yes, and to quote Mark Twain, “ reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated” . If you want to comment on the factual inaccuracy of this article you can write to the Board of Directors of the San Diego Symphony at 1245 7th Ave. SD 92101 and /or James Chute at the Union Tribune. On a happier note, I have never been more proud to be a member of this orchestra in my life. The solo players in our group are absolutely spectacular and if possible you must come and hear us! If you do, come by the edge of the stage and say hello!