I started playing in school band in the 5th grade. I began on my grandfather's Buescher cornet, being the third generation to play on this horn as my mother had played it in her high school band days. Later in that first year I switched to a Sears Silvertone trumpet (which in hindsight was a big step backward, horn-wise). In the 9th grade I became the first trumpet player in my school to upgrade to a pro horn and got my Strad. Played regularly until graduating from college. Became a serious comebacker a little over a year ago and love playing more than ever.