If we accept the dictionary’s definition of “professional” as one’s paid occupation, can there be any other professional concert saxophonist in history other than Sigurd Rascher? Are there any others who’s primary income came from performance honorariums and recording royalties rather than fees from pedagogy? To the best of my knowledge all other classical saxophonists made their livings from teaching at universities and playing concerts attended by other saxophonists at various educational institutions”: teaching saxophonists so that they in turn can go on to teach other saxophonists, etc., etc, ad nauseam. Yes, they may have been great saxophonists, but can we call them “professional” if their incomes did not come from performance? Should we distinguish between those who commit to performance at the risk of financial ruin and those who hold back to insure their mortgage payments? It takes courage to do this, and to answer this question with honesty.