I salute you from the Kingdom of Belgium, as one of the few regular Continental-European posters on tMP. :biggrin: My full name is Jan Houben and I'm currently 26 years old. Technically, I should not be allowed on tMP, because I don't play in a brass band, although I've been playing the cornet since I was 9 and I'm a big fan of brass band music. Instead, I play in something called a "fanfare band" in Dutch (my mother tongue is Dutch). It's like a brass band, but with a lot of flugels added and also saxophones (woodwind! ) -> for more information about my band visit www.kempenbloei.be (there is an English section as well!). Nevertheless, I know quite some people in the Belgian and Dutch "brass band scene", e.g. through Dutch-language websites such as www.brassbandforum.be and www.brassinfo.nl. So I'll try to keep you all informed about what's going on over here. Besides music, I work as a mechanical engineer at an Engineering Services company called LMS, which is located in Leuven, the beer capital of Belgium (because the Stella Artois headquarters are located here ). For my job I regularly have to travel. More about me on www.zjang.34sp.com Enjoy your time on tMP!