The reason is quite simple Why did I start playing again after 20 years? The first is I had a Bach Strad sitting in the closet that I worked all summer long detaseling corn to buy. The year before I got it, my parents paid $5/week for private lessons even though my dad was unemployed. The second reason is my children. All have started in band and play brass. The good Lord has blessed me with my own brass quintet (16 yo daughter on tuba, 19 yo son on trombone, 14 yo son on trumpet and 12 yo son on horn!). We played at Christmas time for the first time as a quintet and what parent wouldn't have beamed with the pride I did at that fantastic opportunity. The third reason is our church. In addition to my kids, my wife plays clarinet and we are the majority of the orchestra that accompanies the hymns each and every Sunday morning, both the 8:00 and 10:30 services. We have a great Pastor of Worship and the Arts that is a concert pianist and vocalist who leads our weekly practices and each Sunday morning. The forth reason is as I grow up (or older as my wife says, I'll never grow up) I have a little more money to experiment with different brands and models of trumpets, mouthpieces, etc. I have come to appreciate the difference in quality various models offer and I am also able to better understand why now that I have studied trumpet physics and acoustics. Music is a gift given by God that we can use to communicate with him and praise him any time we play. My only wish is He lets me play a LONG TIME.