One of my children joined our local training band a couple of years ago. Being the good parent I am, I often stayed to listen and was finally persuaded to have a go on a cornet. A year or so later I am loving every minute and have steadily progressed to be one of the better players on the front row. Of course the youngsters, if they keep it up, will far surpass me, but I just wandered how many players out there started late (in their 30s or 40s). How far can you expect to progress. Were all players in top section bands child prodigies?