As we see YBS electing not to compete in Europe, probably because of financial restraints, I pose the question 'Are too many people taking too much money out of banding?' Surely the time as come for bands at the top level to have a reality check regarding their finances. We hear of Deps charging up to £200, stand in MDs £500, corner men being offered £25000 p.a. Where is this all going to end - There just ain't that kind of money around in banding and sponsors are begining to realise that perhaps they are not getting value for money. Unless the top bands come to their senses it is inevitable that more of them will fold. It may be a good thing if banding became a hobby again rather than a money making machine.