does the first conductor you play under have a profound impact on the rest of your banding career? my first conductor, Ken Vernon, formerly of Whitwell Band (also my first band) was absolutely amazing. Ken believed in giving everybody a chance, he would allow anybody who wanted to play a solo with the band. He showed faith in me by promoting me to solo baritone at 14, when many conductors would have simply advertised. and when it came to musicality, he was brilliant. every band he has taken he got promoted. But to my friend Laura Scott (perfect cadence) 1st band was RJB Brass (Harworth) under John Davies and Ian Knapton. she was not as inspired as i was but has still matured to become 2nd horn with a top section band. To Laura it was the 1st horn player, Ronnie Garner, who inspired her. Who was everybody elses inspiration, and what effect has it had on your banding career.