No, not a John Major policy, but band-room basics. Hymn tunes to be precise. As the only Brit in my band in Paris, I have the role of consultant to the MD on all things banding and British. Some of my first words of wisdom were that all bands in the UK have a set of red hymn books which are used for warming up, developing the timbre, working on the tuning and intonation, listening exercises and ensemble work etc. (Wow! Who'd have thought that a little red book could do all that?) I'm sure that I am correct in the fact that all bands do possess a set of red hymn books, but my question is how many of you actually use them regularly at band rehearsal? If so, how do you use them? for what ends? Are there any interesting or different exercises that you do with the hymns? If your band doesn't use them, then why not? (I'm not saying you should, I'd just like to know why.) As for the finer things of British banding culture that I may bestow upon the French... :guiness ... I have a lot more work ahead of me! Thanks.