I'm sure there's lots of talented people here - what do you play? I picked up the trumpet when in the 6th grade and played all through high school in the orchestral band (1st chair) and the stage band (2nd chair). Loved stage band, mostly played jazz but also some Big Band music. Traveled to many contests in and out of the state - we were damn good! Anyone who plays in a band knows that feeling you get when everyone is playing tight and hitting their marks - awesome. I still pick it up occasionally but the lip isn't what it used to be!