Paul and I are the same age and would have attended the same intermediate school but he moved just before we started 7th grade. Our paths crossed later in life however at the University of Utah in the music department. I was always amazed at his horn playing ability and once asked him what was his secret to playing so well. He said it was simply playing/practicing at least six hours every day. I lost track of him, but later found him by means of the internet. He was playing in Berlin. His story of finding a permanent gig is interesting and includes stints in South America, several German orchestras and some time in Bayreuth.
About that time I was trying to start playing horn again after a 27 year lay off. Paul was very helpful giving me advice on what to do to get back my chops and get back into enjoying playing horn. With his advice/help and some significant effort on my part I got back to a level of playing that has resulted in much enjoyment and fulfillment. My advice to horn players everywhere is to never stop playing.