I have been offered a move to Melbourne Australia by my company which I must confess, I am seriously considering taking. I know that brass bands are alive and well down under, but what level of banding is it. I have played professionally for 12 years, but recently I have been playing with my original band in the second section. I don't really have any interest in joining a Championship section band as family life comes first for me now. Also, some advice on areas to avoid when choosing a new home, we are looking around the Altona area of the city.