Having recently re-read a couple of books on the development of brass banding, I was struck once again by the number of brass players who started out on their playing career with the Salvation Army. I know there are one of two active Salvationists on the forum, but I thought it would be interesting to start a poll on this subject. Also, much has changed in recent years regarding the relationship between "outside" bands and Army banding, particularly as you may now (officially!) partake in both areas. I would be interested to hear people's comments on this, as I am sure that the Army's attitude in the past must have caused some people considerable distress and heartache when choosing which direction to take.