Today Adventurer Jr. participated a solo and ensemble contest. We found at the spot that if you wanted a detailed program, you had to pay $1 for it. So we went without it. No video and photography were allowed. Seriously? If you placed, you had to buy the medal. What? The contest wasn’t free and all contestants had paid in advance for the events. And you couldn’t use part of the money to buy the medals for good performers? That’s really greedy and cheap as Adventurer Jr. put it. Since we didn’t care about the medal itself, of course we didn’t buy it. The adjudicated event itself, however, was a good experience for him to perform on a stage other than his school’s. He got the best rating of 1 out of 5 ratings in grade 7. The $1,000 professional clarinet we bought him for this event sounded much better then the starter one he had since fifth grade. That could have helped his performance. The description for rating 1 is as follows: An outstanding performance, with very few technical errors and exemplifying a truly musical expression. This rating should be reserved for the truly outstanding performance. In short, Adventurer Jr. did really well and he said he’d participate it again next year.