Hello folks. I am new to the forum here so hello. I am doing research on Amateurism in brass bands. I am sure some of you will be familiar with Dr Childs motto, ''Amateur in status, Olympians in standard''. My main thread of the thesis is basically trying to say how banding IS a profession, only without the pay. Would you agree? I would be interested in your views on this matter. Have commissioned test pieces (paid or unpaid) helped to detract from the negative connotations 'Amateurism' would suggest? Many thanks.