WHY IS BANDING SO OFTEN NEGLECTED? Next week is Youth Music Week, funded by Government grants. On 'You & Yours' on BBC Radio 4 today, people were extolling the benefits to young people of learning to play an instrument and how music can help team building. They were praising all kinds of music from classical to rap, BUT, there was NO MENTION OF BRASS BANDING!!! I contacted the programme and at the end they announced 'Michael Fryer reminds us not to forget brass bands - Free Tuition Free instrument loan and Friendship' On Sunday's Bandstand radio show, we're continuing the youth theme we started last week. Can anyone suggest ways to make the powers-that-be aware of the benefits of banding to young people? Please contact me by PM or e-mail (email@example.com) with your ideas.