As my band has been going downhill recently, comitted members were encouraged to look for another band. Even though most of the members would rather rebuild the old band it seemed like a much easier option at the time. However, after about 4 months of searching, it didn't seem so easy, due to the fact that the nearest bands with vacancies are in or around Preston or Blackpool. Whilst this wouldn't have been a problem for the conductor, 80% of the players are under 18, and don't have their own transport. Relying on parents is not generally a good idea due to work commitments etc, and then there are the members who are in the band due to dedication, rather than talent, who may not be accepted into a band that isn't in the youth section. My parents suggested I wait until I can drive (which due to a new law will be going upto the age of 18 for people born in 1989 and after, which includes me by a few months) which will be in 3 years. I can't go 3 years without being in a band! The alternatives being that I get a scooter next year, which isn't the most practical of solutions due to the fact there is nowhere to put a euphonium. Just wondering...has anyone had any similar experiences and what did you do about it?