It was an almighty wrench to leave Fulham Brass Band when I moved to Arran and believe me when I say I'm missing them already, but I'm certainly happy with Arran Brass. It's a testament to its conductor Ian Cargill, not only to form a band from such a small population (approx. 5,000) and work tirelessly to get decent instruments and teach its members, but the fact that it's now, I believe, in its 23rd year of existence. Sure, it'll never be a Black Dyke. It doesn't compete on a regular basis (costs being a major factor) but it's fun. It's about playing to the collective best of the band's abilities, and it's there and it serves the local community in a number of ways, supplying music for church services, Christmas jobs, Remembrance Day jobs and performances in general to enhance the musical life on the island. Lovely band. lovely people. Can't complain!