I thought I ought to throw in my hello.... I'm 40, from East Sussex. I have been playing brass since I was about 14, all that time however it has been with a non-valve marching youth band. I first played bugle, progressed to lead solo, then moved on to a non-valve Parforce horn. Our band has been right at the top of the traditional youth marching band scene for many years which has allowed us to play all sorts of venues from the Albert Hall right down to school Fêtes. Recently at our AGM we have opted to switch to full brass.. As the brass section leader it fallen to me to do most of the teaching with the help of a professional brass teacher once a month. I must confess however that I have always longed to play in (as we call them) a 'sit down' band. Perhaps one day.... Anyway, enough rambling... Cheerio, Andy Marsh.