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Mentor, Colleague, Student — by Andy Scheer

You can be all three.

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 alongside the Denver Jazz Club’s 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 professional band. 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 professional critique, a writers conference, or an in-person writers group. No matter your skill, there’s always room to grow — and to be a good steward of what you’ve already learned.

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