Rightio folks....Before you comment on this thread, put aside your natural reaction of "no bands shouldn't merger" or "a band shouldn't take another one over" or "bands shouldn't close". THANKS In these hard times economical, and the difficulty in recruiting players and trying to get youngsters to play. Bands may need to consider merging with other bands in the same locality. So my fellow TMPers how would you resolve the issues that will come out of this. Such as which conductor, who sits on the solo seats? Where should rehearshals be held? Which instruments, etc? Even more contentious should the lower section bands be just feeder bands for their championship neighbours. This is already happening in football. Crewe is a feeder club for Liverpool (hmm and have you seen how Crewe are doing ) Good to hear your thoughts on this one.