I feel all self-conscious now... As those of you who've ever managed to read to the end of one of my posts will know, my name's Dave Taylor, and my official brass banding activity is given over to Kidlington Concert Brass, the only Championship section brass band in the Oxford area, where I currently play Bass Trombone, though I have moved around the bottom end of the band to fit. In addition to this, I regularly play for various orchestral and chamber groups in and around the Oxford area (and occasionally also in London), on Trombones of all sizes from Alto to Contrabass and various other brass sundries, plus a fun little sideline in Piano accompaniments. To feed this habit, I work for the UK Atomic Energy Authority, on the MAST project at Culham Science Centre (near Abingdon), where I primarily model force balance in toroidally axisymmetric magnetohydrodynamic plasma configurations. So there you go. I took up Euphonium when I was 8, in 1987, with the Wantage Silver Band in deepest darkest Oxfordshire, and progressed through their large organisation, becoming principal Euphonium with the 1st section 'A' band at the age of 15. Meanwhile, I passed an audition for the NYBB on Euph at age 13, only to be informed that there were no vacancies in the foreseeable future. However, they also informed me, they were very short of Bass Trombones... I borrowed one from the Wantage instrument store, practised it up, auditioned the following year, and got in straight away. C'est la vie! Having gone to all this effort, I then left the NYBB a couple of years later when it became clear that the I and the powers that be there were going to continue to disagree vehemently over my hairstyle! Which still seems as ridiculous now as it did then. At age 18, I went to Warwick University to study Maths, where I swiftly abandoned my studies for a gruelling 10-rehearsal-a-week regimen of musical diversity. Whilst there, I played with the university brass band, beginning with their victorious contest debut, and culminating with their 3rd section finals appearance at the RAH. Returning home, I found myself plenty of playing opportunities, and, after a while, a job... And that's me. An effective and attested cure for insomnia!