Have you ever been interested in learning an instrument or a new instrument, but then thought, “Nah, I’m too old” or “I don’t have enough time”? Let me tell you my story… I was in band from 5th grade til I graduated. I played a variety of instruments in school (clarinet, mellophone, French horn, alto saxophone) and enjoyed those experiences, for the most part. Then I graduated, and except for one stint playing horn at my sister’s graduation, I did not pick up any of those instruments in about 16 years. Then someone mentioned they’d like to have some special Christmas music at church. I dug out my alto sax and started working on it again. I quickly realized I needed some serious help, since it had been so long and this was the instrument I had the least experience on. I started taking lessons. I took them for almost 2 years and learned so much. The best part about this was that it got me interested in brushing up on my other instruments. I started playing French horn for special church music. Then I joined a home school band with my children and played tenor sax, alto sax, French horn, bass clarinet, and baritone sax. You see where this is all going? Once I got back into my love of instruments, I kept going and honestly am probably better than I ever was in high school. Since first digging out my alto almost 10 years ago, I have now added trumpet, electric bass guitar, and drums to my repertoire. I love them all! So, take it from me! It’s never to late to learn or to return to an instrument. And, although I am challenged to find time to practice at times, I am more motivated to learn because I am doing this for myself and because I want to be a better musician and use my gifts at church, work, and in teaching classes.