My first introduction to playing a musical instrument was about at the age of 5 or 6. For some reason my parents thought I should learn to play something. So they decided on an accordion. I remember a man coming to the house with an accordion and putting it on my lap. I was immediately hidden behind it because it was bigger than me. I'm happy to say that my parents never followed up on that idea.
My second introduction was in high school. I decided to take music and was given the flute and very eagerly learned to play it. I was in the senior band from grades 10 to 12. I bought the flute when I left school and was hoping I would find a band to play with. Most bands at that time were brass bands and I eventually gave up looking.
My husband was a member of the 709 Communications Regiment and the Toronto Signals band was affiliated with them. I mentioned to my husband that I would love to get back into a band and he told me that they would teach me to play. I jumped at the chance and after about 6 months of squeaking and squawking on the trumpet, notes were finally coming out of the horn and I could actually hear the tunes I was trying to play.
After 2 1/2 years, I became frustrated with the lack of challenge and variety of their music. New music hadn't been introduced into the band in over 10 years.
My friend, Dave Burgess, had left the Signals band and have been introduced to Resa's Pieces. He encouraged me to consider joining. I sat in on a rehearsal and was hooked. I put in my application to become a member and after a very short wait I was contacted and asked if I was still interested in joining. The music and people in this band are great and I really enjoy coming out every Monday night.