After returning to banding myself last year after a 30 odd year break, my 10 year old daughter decided she wanted to have a go. So we borrowed a cornet from the bandroom, and after a few days she could master a few notes. In September she joined our newly formed beginners group, playing such masterpieces as 'Popade' and 'Fish & chips'. In March I took her along to another band I play for who don't contest, just play for fun. The youngest member before she came along was 34! Then our conductor asked if she'd like to sit on back row of our 4th section band playing second cornet.The next youngest member in this band is 17. She loves it and is improving rapidly, would go every night if she could! I don't know if she will be asked to contest with us this year..it's a possibility as one second cornet is on maternity leave, but I was just wondering if there are there other youngsters who contest, or is there a lower age limit? She is 11 now, but I wish she had more people of her own age in the band...there is quite a big gap between what they do in juniors and what we play, unfortunately we have no intermediate band. Any other youngsters out there playing in a band full of adults?