Yeah, it's difficult picking up an instrument later on in life, at least instruments where its takes a while before you even sound half decent. Keyboards are nice that way as you don't have to worry about breath control, embouchure, and tone. Personally, I'm sorry I never took piano lessons – besides the benefits I mentioned above, it's also a great way of getting your head around music theory. And you don't need an accompanist!
That Prime Time Big Band Brunch sounds great – that's another problem trying to play in a band around here, you end up spending way too much time on the road. There's just not enough people to play – and people who want to listen. I played in a big swing band for a while and it was so discouraging to get all sixteen players in cars, drive for an hour and a half to some god forsaken Legion Hall, and there'd be more people in the band than in the audience!