I have often wondered where all the new up and coming brass players are. In my job I work in and visit lots of schools and have found a decline in brass teaching and an increase in all other instruments. I got into brass playing through school. We were informed that if anyone wanted to play a brass instrument then they were to go at a cetrtain time to meet the brass teacher (can't spell Peri......(?)). If you could blow a note then you got to take the instrument home and start having lessons (free) in school. But these days there does not seem to be much of an option in schools for this. My best friend already played the cornet through her family being part of a brass band and that is how I got into brass bands. I thought I would start a poll so we could see how we all started playing (for those that do obviously). The results may give ideas on how to encourage a new generation of brass players. If one of your choices is 'other' in the poll, it would be good if you could post what that was. Cheers.