Career with cerebal palsy
I am a eupher with cerebal palsy. I have to use a walker or wheelchair. Is their any way I can have a career as a handicapped euphoniumist?
Career with cerebal palsy
Probably not in a military band, but there are other options. Military bands require members to meet standards that are identical or very close to normal enlistment standards.
As you know, there are no full-time professional performance positions for euphonium in this country. However, there are a lot of folks here who have a full-time teaching job and do a LOT of playing "on the side." So you could prepare for that type of career. Maybe someday euphonium will be popular enough that a soloist could have a career on euphonium. In the meantime, most will make their living doing something related and grab the playing gigs as they can.
Even the very best euphonium players (and most other instrumentalists, for that matter) have an "anchor" job teaching or doing something similar. Look at Steve Mead's biography, for example. There might also be an opportunity to have a routine job at an instrument company and then be a "musical ambassador" by performing at various conferences where they are exhibiting. Use your imagination.
Or find 2 talented cornet players and a good horn player and form a brass quartet. If it were good enough, you might get sponsorship with a touring agent. There is a ton of music written for this instrumentation and it is parallel to a string quartet in concept. So far, there has not been a lot of action with professional quartets. Even in this case, you would probably need to have a position to give you a financial foundation. Or you might be able to build your own small business in some related category or a non-related category that gave you enough flexibility to work around a performance schedule.
Your signature line says "I love worshiping the Lord." You might talk to a larger Salvation Army unit. They have some "civilian" staff and you might find a career there. There are great organization and have a nice music publishing division, and you would be doing something very compatible with your Christian beliefs. Of course, they have some wonderful staff bands (brass bands). But their band members are people who are members of their faith, so unless you were a Salvationist your performances venues would have to come from outside.
What it really gets down to is your talent and ambition. With enough drive, you can probably do just about anything in the civilian musical world, but you may need to be creative and break some new ground!