I feel like I could very well be the head band geek of TCS.
I'm about to have my very own Bachelor's degree in flute performance. I've been playing since I was 8...have been in band since age 9, was first chair basically every year of my public school education, was in jazz band (although, I played sax in that) and marching band (picc) and was in 3 youth orchestras, even the Chicago Youth Symphony.
And now, I pretty much play all over in all different kinds of ensembles. I play in a New Music ensemble (though some of you might prefer to call that kind of music "Squeaky Faucet" music!