My daughter started baton lessons in the early spring of 2010, she did one competition in July that year and took first in her solo class. She's been going like gangbusters ever since. This past Sunday we had another one, her coach had added to her solo and w/ the hectic week she didn't get too many chances to practice but she did great, didn't forget anything AND only dropped twice. She ended up getting first in her open solo class out of 4 girls, and then taking 3rd overall out of 7 girls in her championship classes. I'm so proud of her, she worked hard for this one, and did a great job. Pic is of all the solo girls in our team that attended this event. My daughter is the smallest one in the front.