Hello everyone I have been thinking on some things for quite some time and have been rather kinda stuck on the fence so to speak let me try to explain. I'm a young man that has a dream but am not sure if it's even plausible at this stage in the game. Currently I am 31 years old and am currently coming back from a two year lay off due to certain circumstances. Anyways I've been thinking about some things and would really like to get back into playing in a real big way. You see when I graduated high school 13 years ago I had these dreams of going to school for music education and becoming this great trumpet player but as youth would have it I kinda messed that up and well it was thrown away to the wayside. I left college after two years due to the ridiculous increase in tuition and lets face it I wasn't really mature enough to even be considering a career in music. I did join an active army band that lasted for 6 years or so but to me that just wasn't enough. What I really want to do is go back to college but at my age is that really feasible? I mean going back to school and playing with kids half my age, well, close enough anyways. Could I really be able to hang with those young guys. I know that to make it in the music business you have to practice and practice hard and of course age does come into play. My dream was to become a "REAL" professional player in a band or orchestra somewhere but to also teach. I have always thought that the best thing a person could do was send the elevator back down once you have reached the top but of course I never actually reached that plateau. Anyways I've been thinking of going back to school but before that can take place other things must take place that I'd rather not get into, it's, after all, kinda personal. I have I would say about two years to prepare something for school but I don't even know just what piece to even prepare for college. I do know the standards such as Carnival of Venice, but I would like to do something different. Anyhow is there anyone out there that has actually started back after a certain amount of time and actually made it in the business? If so could you please give me some advice and maybe even suggest a piece or two that I could prepare in lieu of me going back to school? Thanks in advance.