Re: Another one from Oregon!
I love the fact that you play on horse back! That's one of those musicianship skill that I thought was a lost art :)!
Its fairly common for youth symphonies to fill out the sections with musicians over the age of 18 when needed. Especially in smaller communities or when a player gets sick or what have you. However, you're exactly right in that when it starts being a regular thing and on multiple chairs, at some point you need to stop calling it a youth symphony and call it a community symphony or perhaps a community symphony geared towards giving young players playing opportunities.