Mentor, Colleague, Student

You can be all three.

by Andy Scheer

I saw that principle applied this weekend at the Denver Jazz Club. The performances included not only a top local band and one from Denver University, but also the club’s group of all-star high schoolers.

The high schoolers get top-notch instruction, and they’re learning — and how! This time as they played, the Youth All-Stars were joined by one of the country’s top jazz musicians who had flown in for the weekend.

Clint Baker performs on trombone with the Denver Jazz Club Youth All-Stars.

Clint Baker’s goal wasn’t to show up the youngsters, but to show them some key skills and challenge them to play even better. They did.

So did the Denver University group when Clint played with them. And even the veteran professionals. There’s nothing like a setting where people come willing to teach and to learn and to grow.

That includes growing in our writing, whether it’s through online coaching, a writers conference, or an in-person writers group. No matter your skill, there’s always room to grow — and to be good stewards of what you’ve already learned.

About Andy Scheer

With more than 30 years in publishing, Andy Scheer has provided freelance editorial services since 2010. He has edited fiction and nonfiction for publishers including Moody, WinePress, and BelieversPress, as well as for clients including Dirk Cussler, McNair Wilson, DiAnn Mills, Heather Day Gilbert, and Sammy Tippit.

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