I remember mine, and it turns out I have some friends who do too... Was there a performance that really sucked you in to banding? That pushed you from casual amateur to serious player? Or convinced you to pick up in the first place? Were you playing or in the audience? For me it was whatever year Montage was used as the regional test. I was at the midlands areas playing with Ratby (either the junior or mid band, so 4th section) and had never heard a 'good' band play a major work. The older members of the band sensibly encouraged us all to head down the hall and list to a band in the championship section. I was lucky enough to wander in as Desford took to the stage. I'd never heard a band play music like that before with a sound so amazing, and when the first tutti fortissimo hit I was officially hooked. From social to ambitious in about 30 seconds of music couldn't wait to be involved in a performance like that. I'd love to hear some other people's stories!