In a recent post, a memeber stated that she was happy believing that she sounded good and that she didn't have to listen to better players to get better herself. Oh dear !. What a rediculous thing to say. Throughout musical history and brass band players are no exception, the very best players have listened to their heros. As a kid I grew up listening to Jim Shepherd, Philip McCann and these days, players like Richard Marshall. Euphonium players would listen to Trevor Groom and David Moore and more recently, players like David Childs. Of course, practicing is one very important element of getting better, but without listening to your peers to find out how they do it and to pick out the bits that suit you, It is impossible to improve and I'm afraid these sort of players are doomed to mediocrity. We all like to develop our own sound and style, but without a benchmark to aim at and an sound to emulate, we may all just as well blow through a piece of gas pipe.