I was visiting my friend in London last week and was in the local hostelry with her and some friends. She mentioned that I played in a band and the initial reaction wa "Ooh cool, a rock band?". I explained it was a brass band and then was flooded with a barrage of quesions. I was the only bander there and realised from the outside, what I was saying sounded bizarre. We go to rehearsal twice a week and play sometimes the same piece (for contests) all night or run through the contest programme. The week before a contest we rehearse nearly every night ("The same piece??"). We wear a uniform to go to contests in and get changed before we play into another uniform ("Like a costume??"). When we have played usually one (or sometimes two) adjudicators (judges) decide who played it best ("What if they get it wrong....!!!!!!") They were pretty fascinated by the whole "banding" culture that we have but were convinced that "Brassed Off" was true to life. (Hmm!!) So....have you ever tried to explain banding to people who have no experience or knowledge of it and......are we just a bunch of band geeks??