Hi all, I've asked a couple of my ex-MD's about this - and they provided great answers - but I thought I'd get some more input if possible. I'm coming up 23 in May - graduated from Huddersfield Uni with a music degree in 2009 and will be starting an MA in Music at York from October. Have played cornet since age of 14 with Swinton and District, Emley and Yorkshire Co-Op. Right - there's the context - now the question! I'd really like to get into conducting a band - but the question is, how and where do I get the experience for a band to take the risk? I did a year's worth of assessed conducting at Uni so know the basic fundamentals - but obviously man management etc. grows through experience. Ideally - I'd see myself with a 4th section band who are, for want of a better word, struggling. I'd love the challenge of trying to turn things round. But would bands take the risk of appointing a first-job conductor - or would they all want someone with prior experience? The Ray Farr course at Durham is of course a great way to get some more experience - but is it really neccessary in order to take the helm of a band? Any thoughts on this or personal experience would be very much appreciated! Thanks!