COLUMBUS (WCMH)–Imagine doing what you love every day for 50 years and getting paid for it–not a bad gig! That’s exactly what life has been like for trumpet player Tom Battenberg. He started with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra back in 1966 and has seen a lot of changes over the years.

“Back in those days, the pay scale, for instance, was $10 a rehearsal and $15 a concert. It’s a little bit different now,” he said.

At the end of this season, Tom is giving up his position. It’s a decision that was not easy for this musician.

“I love to play,” he said. “The reaction I get when people are happy about my playing or the orchestras playing. And that’s going to be hard to give up.”

Tom will continue to play with the High Street Stompers Dixie Land Band as well as Promusica chamber Orchestra. He’s been a part of that organization for the past 37 years. Tom also hopes to fill in with CSO when needed.

You can see Tom’s final performance, before the summer pops series begins, Saturday night as the Columbus Symphony Orchestra presents Latin Fiesta (Homage to Tango) at 8 p.m. For tickets and more information visit others are clicking on: