The Brass Crest originally launched on 1 November 1999, as a learning tool for the webmaster. From a tiny site (about ten pages), hosted on the old GeoCities service, it has grown into an internationally-recognized resource on Salvation Army bands and banding. The site continues to gain interest, with just shy of 50,000 page views in October 2009. Some early contacts, including Craig Lewis in Canada, Steef Klepke (BrassLink) in Amsterdam, Nigel Horne (Brass Band Portal) and Gavin Holman (Internet Bandsman's Everything Within) encouraged and shaped the early direction of the site. Without their encouragement and help, the site may not have lasted past its second anniversary. Since I joined tMP in 2004, the site has received a large amount of support from various tMP members. Its continuing success is in no small part due to the visits generated from the forums, which represent about 10% of the total traffic. Thanks to everyone who has expressed interest in The Brass Crest over its first ten years.