I had the good fortune to learn to play with the Templemore band at school in Belfast. A late starter at 12, I played cornet for a number of years. Then, at 17 I had the opportunity to move to flugel, which I loved. I joined ABBB in the early 1990’s, and after a short period on cornet was able to take up flugel once again. Music and playing have given me much pleasure over the years, whether contesting in the British Open or in concert on the village green, and I hope, some degree of pleasure to others.