I've been with my band since january and albeit a good band (when every one is there) with some very good players and some not so. I'm starting to feel a bit off with how things are going. Every rehearsal i come out feeling that we haven't really achieved anything, well except the last few practices leading to the areas. It feels like to me that we are always stopping for the same people, for really basic mistakes (production, wrong notes and intonation) and it's starting to ge me down. I travel a long way to get to band though it's not a problem, in this area you have to drive to get to a decent band, it's just that i'm starting to think why do I bother. Driving a 80 mile round trip to go to a band that averages 12 people blowing. The music we play is good but rarely sounds decnt due to lack of players, Is it too much to ask to have a fullish attendance at rehearsals? I love banding, it's my job, I blow all day then happily go out when I know i'm knackered and blow more, I love to play it's my life and I need a band. I find it difficult finding a new band as where ever I go my son (a percusionist) has to go too, it's a condition that my wife lets me go to band. I have no qualms joining a new band if the right one came up or staying in the one i'm at, I'm just interested in what peoples thoughts are of their own experiences. Ta IOT, HM!!!