Further to my earlier suggestions (French horn debate and how brass bands could move forward by using more of its current instrumentation and therefore perhaps be accepted by a wider musical audience), it's both interesting and disappointing to note that once again, no brass bands are represented at the forthcoming BBC Proms. Whether you agreed or not with my specific points about the instrument adaptation, do you think that brass bands have to change their outlook one way or another to be accepted by 'other' musical circles like the Proms or are brass bands happy staying apart from it all? I mean, we HAVE had bands at the Proms before, and it wasn't that long ago that Paul Hindmarsh helped the BBC with a series of concerts of largely original music broadcast on Radio 3. And though arrangements were involved, Dyke won an Orchestral Recording award for their first Walton CD a few years back. Personally I'd love the general musical public to see how good our top bands are today and in playing original repertoire rather than arrangements. What do other tMP-ers think? Still, it's not all doom and gloom! David Childs is performing a Euphonium Concerto by Alun Hoddinott in one of the Proms!