I have played violin or cello in school orchestras and community orchestras since 1948 and was CM in my community orchestra for 20 years.
I taught violin and cello from my late 20s until I quit at about 75..
Not counting 69 years with school and community orchestras, I've played public performances of solos and chamber music and recitals since my mid teens - but lately more on a salon scale for the small ensembles. I've had a few paid gigs over the years - nothing big, but music has always been an avocation, and am now a retired "rocket scientist/physicist" and active ""musician"" and will continue as long as I am able. (Double quotes are intentional!)
My wife of 65 years and I have lived 13 miles north of the Golden Gate, near 2 of our 3 children for the past 25+ years. We were lucky to live near to our 3 grandchildren as they were growing up and participated/helped when we could. With this closeness we got together with family for all birthdays, holidays, and other nice times until that had each graduated from high schools and then colleges in far parts of the US and moved on to their professions. I gave violin lessons to my older granddaughter (the writer) for 10 years until she was 16.