I played in the band for a couple of years in middle school. Between my anatomy, and my parents reluctance to invest in more instruments, I was assigned the Tuba to play. Not the most musical instrument in the band. I struggled with learning to read music, my brain does not process visual space the way most people do, and the music teachers didn't know what to do - besides let me struggle with marking up the music. I have been told since that there are effective alternatives, there are many talented musicians who can't read music.
I struggled for a couple of years, and called it quits one day. The circumstances of that decision involved complex family dynamics and bad choices. I have long regretted how it happened. Someplace in among the coins and medals of my childhood, is my one lone music medal.
Did you play in the band?