I understand that the Fairey Band will be performing a 10th anniversary concert of Acid brass at the 'BRASS' festival in Durham. Can it really be ten years ago now? What did you think of it then and would you go and see it now. I understand that due to 'BRASS' spreading the word it is starting to get a new following in the North East with a non brass crowd. This can't be bad as the more people that get to hear bands playing the better. Last year I had the chance to hear the Young Blood Brass Band and they were doing hip hop and rap brass where will it all end? Should brass stay traditional or should it move on with the times, is there room for both? Should we encourage those leaving our youth bands to keep playing brass in any form so when they get older thay may return to traditional playing. Maybe we should we pay no attention to the need for young players to get into trendier music and let them move towards the non brass music of pop and rock? How many young players leave bands each year, maybe it is not a problem are as many joining and staying as ever have. Should we support Cool Young Blood Brass Band types alongside the Traditional Bands, will it strengthen it weaken them? Can events such as BRASS help attract a young people in the other direction away from Rock, Acid, hip hop and rap towards traditional brass by creating an event where music forms mix but the brass unites them. Maybe BRASS may be a way to do it show casing traditional brass raising its profile and putting it into a worldwide context. They are making brass cool and getting young people through the door alongside the older amoung us who are attracted by the high quality of playing by bands such as Mnozil and Brazz Brothers. Loads of questions but I find it an interesting area of thought. Also interesting is the fact that Acid Brass is standing the test of time and still has its followers, I am one of them. I will be in Durham in July and enjoying all the brass being played at the Festival be it Mnozil, Acid, Jazz, the Traditional Brass Band Contests or Classical Brass. Long live the Traditional Brass Bands the quality of playing they create can't be beat and young bands can learn a lot from them. However can we do anything to get even more young people joining and playing brass. What do you think!