Hi, I'm Harold/Harry and after more years of playing than I care to remember, have just joined a competing band. Hadn't held a brass instrument for about 18 months when I was invited by a friend to "come and have a blow" with Penicuik Silver Band (Scotland). Went along to a rehearsal one Friday night, just before Christmas, was handed a cornet and enjoyed "parping my lip in" on 3rd Cornet. I must say that that night it was like - play 10 bars, rest for 4, play ten bars, rest...... After that I attended a couple more rehearsals and next thing find myself sitting in the Principal's seat!! Must say that was the last thing I was expecting! I've now "cut my teeth" with my first contest last weekend (Scottish Regionals) and, despite a disappointing result, really enjoyed myself. The guys and gals in the band have made me feel most welcome and I'm having a great time enjoying banding again - thanks guys!:clap: Now, as you see, I'm really getting enthusiastic in the band scene and even taking the first steps on tMP!