I don't know if this is really the right place to put this topic, but I thought it might be kind of fun to see if anyone has any really good stories about why they started playing. Heres my story: When I was 3, I would always go over to my grandmothers house and I loved going up and playing the piano. Now, I never played any songs, cuz I was 3 and I didn't know anything, but I would bet I was better than most other 3 year ols, haha. Anyways, My mom decided to get me going with some lessons since I seemed to like the piano so much, and then my grandma gave us the piano so we moved it into my liveing room. So I could play more and get better. After a few years on piano, my techer noticed I was getting more creative and learning more about theory, so she told me about this composition competition that all the piano teachers in the area get some of their students to join. So I enterd that when I was 6 (most of the kids were 10 - 12) and I ended up takeing first. So I continued with piano and a litle composition for the next few years. I joined orchrestra playing viola in third grade. I actualy had to audition to get in because normaly orchrestra starts in 4th grade, and band starts in 5th grade. I ended up makeing the 5th grade orchrestra as a 3rd grader. As I was going into 4th grade, and the top orchrestra at the school, my teacher was killed in a car accedent. Normaly I think this would have been an end to my music life because I took the loss very hard. But what kept me going was this; the day befor the accident (our first rehersal of the year) Mr. Pendelton, my teacher, pulled me to the side at the end of class and told me that "David, you have more talent than I have ever seen in child before. What ever happens, do not give this talent up. Follow music for the rest of your life, don't give up. You are something very special to the world of music, we need someone like you." And that was the last thing he said to me, the next day he was killed by someone running a red light... So they cancelled orchrestra classes for the rest of the year because they couldn't find someone who wanted to teach an elementry school orchrestra. So a couple weeks later I picked up my dads old Besson Cornet from when he was in school and I auditioned for the band. I had never played a brass instrument so I was pretty bad and at first they wanted me to wait till next year, then I would start with the rest of the kids (I was only in 4th grade, band starts in 5th grade here). But the principal of the school somehow heard about my story and they got me in about a quarter of the way though the school year. After two weeks I surpassed all the other kids and made first chair, then as second semester was starting they moved me into the top band at the school. By the end of the year I was sitting first chair in that band too. I went on to Jr. High in 7th grade, (my district has 7th - 9th in Jr. High, and 10th - 12th at Sr. High) I had a "normal" three years there. Learning from Dough Akey was absoulutly amazeing. But compared to the other students there, nothing special happend. Then I came to Dobson HS. I joined marching band and full symphony orchrestra where I found all new kinds of music. At the end of my second year in highschool we just finished touring New York City and playing a concert at Carnegie Hall... What's next? So thats my story, sorry, I didn't realize how long that was going to end up. Anyone else have any stories about getting into music and why you decided to play trumpet?