Hi guys from an ex player, had to pack in in 1994 due to work and family commitments, you know the usual. I've been hoping and praying that one of my kids would take up a brass instrument for years and its finally happened. 2 months ago my ten year old came home with a trombone, HALLALUJAH, there is a god after all. I took him to Grimey's open rehearsal prior to the nationals and now he is totally hooked, yes get in!!! He has joined the learners group at Frickley South Elmsall and is doing quite well to say how long he has been playing. Yesterday was his school christmas concert and he stood up and played the Largo from the New world Symphony on his own, his first solo after only 2 months. I don't mind tellin you me and the missus were blubbering like babies, she used to play too, that's how we met. Anyway I have been taking him to the rehearsals at Frickley South Elmsall for a few weeks and have even sat in on the horn on a couple of occasions. I sounded pretty awful too, it's going to take me a lot longer to get back into shape than I thought it would. But for now I am enjoying every minute, I just hope he sticks to his trombone or I will end up back in brass band wilderness for a few more years.