Once you stop playing, for whatever reason, do you believe you would ever want to go back? Without wishing to cause the slightest upset to anyone, I confess as a non player/outsider, the world of contests and banding now seem alien and remote. I can enjoy photos of people in an ex-band winning (Well Done Hyde!) without the slightest desire to be there. The relentless practice, rehearsals, time away from family, the tie and the bewilderment of friends who have never played all take their toll. Is it heresy to debate ceasing to play on a brass band forum? When and why might you stop? PS No nasty comments please this is a well intentioned post. I know a great flugel player who took 10 years off then went back at the highest level. Is he the exception?