When I was in high school, in the early 1960’s, it was not considered too cool to play the string instruments. That didn’t deter me from playing, but I found that asking my mother to buy me a rectangular violin case for my 15th birthday made me less self-conscious carrying my instrument on the school bus. What was most interesting was the one year I went to an inner-city school, the students who came from poor backgrounds actually respected those of us who played in the orchestra more than the ones from the wealthier backgrounds. I wonder how string instrument players are perceived now. Any experiences?
I was considered a geek… a sissy, queer, etc. The jocks took delight in picking on me… until, one day, I had enough and I fought back and won. They never picked on me for any reason after that. Some of them even gave way for me as I was walking down the hallway.