I Started playing in 8th grade. My parents bought me an old Olds Ambassador for 100 dollars. I listened to Louis Armstrong and knew what I wanted to play. There was a show on TV called the Mark of Jazz hosted by Stan Mark. he had Maynard Ferguson on it and that lit a fire for me. I joined the Air Force in 1976 after graduating and saved enough money for a Bach Stad. I sent my parents the money (596 dollars) and they shipped it to me in Italy.been playing since.