I live in Guernsey, the second largest Channel Island. Here there is one non SA brass band, the Guernsey Concert Brass (and its associated youth band), and two diminishing SA bands, namely the L'Islet and St. Peter Port Corps (in the Salvation Army's heyday there used to be three bands in Guernsey, one in Alderney and one in Jersey). The cost of travel makes contesting next to imposible, although the Concert Brass has done at least one 4th section regional and made the odd Whit Friday appearence. There is however a well funded States of Guernsey (our own government as we are a self governed Crown Dependancy) music service providing tuition to children between 7 & 18, which runs windbands and orchestras on Saturdays. I would be interested to hear from any other brass players from Island based communities and their banding experiences.