DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- When she was 4½ years old, Kimberly Trout told her parents she wanted to play the violin.
"My mom said, you're crazy," Trout said. "You're 4½. You don't know what you want."
She really wanted to play the violin, although by the time she was 9 she moved on to the deeper-toned viola and now plays in the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.
That is her day job.
After most concerts, Trout rushes home, changes into her State Highway Patrol uniform and begins her 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift on Dayton-area highways.
DPO conductor Neal Gittleman says his musicians have a variety of jobs, although maybe none as unusual as a highway patrolperson.
"That doesn't mean somewhere along the line there hasn't been a cowhand," Gittleman said. "But that (patrol work) is a completely different world. I don't think any of us (at the orchestra) have any idea of what it's like to be a police officer."
Trout grew up in Dayton, graduating from Dayton Christian High School and Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, where she received scholarships for academics, basketball and music.
She earned a master's in music from Northwestern in 2002, played in a civic orchestra in Chicago and eventually went to Hawaii with her husband on a part-time philharmonic job offer.
"My husband said, 'How many times do you get the opportunity to work there?'" Trout said. "We went, but only stayed about nine months. It was too expensive."
Back in Ohio, a flood of jobs followed.
"Most musicians have several jobs," Trout said. "I was teaching (and playing in a chamber orchestra in Columbus) and playing in the DPO. You do like 50 jobs to make one paycheck."
In the DPO, Trout plays in the back, but Gittleman says that's no indication of her ability.
"She's a very strong player," Gittleman said. "She's good enough to audition for bigger orchestras if she wants. It boggles my mind she works with us, then works with the highway patrol. It takes a tremendous amount of responsibility to do both."
Trout said her intentions were to teach music in college, and she is obtaining a doctorate of musical arts at Cincinnati's Conservatory of Music in case that happens.
But she wanted something else as well.
"I was working on my degree, playing and teaching," Trout said. "It was time for something different. I got burnt out.
"I always had respect for law enforcement. It was something I was always interested in."
Trout attended the patrol academy in Columbus for seven months. When she graduated in December 2009, she was assigned to Dayton.
Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com