Why do people go to a Brass Band concerts in todays world ? Possible answers are 1) because you are related to a player 2) because you have always enjoyed brass bands since the 1940's 3) You are a millitary person and hope they will play a march 4) You enjoy Brass Band music The only really positive answer out of the above for the survival of Brass Bands is No.4 - that the audience enjoys brass band music (regardless of age). But what is 'Brass Band' music today ? What makes Brass Band music different or special today ? If I were to turn up at a brass band concert having never been to one before (age 25-45) what would I be presented with ? There ARE exceptions but mainly Cheesy guff and lightweight covers of lightweight pop tunes from two year ago. Make a stand ! ...... Don't buy the Cheese ! Brass bands are becoming a humorous novelty because bands keep buying the 'jolly guff' we are told everyone likes.... Junior bands possibly need motivation so I can see a reason.... but not for main bands surely ! The Brass Band movement has always excelled at promoting musical tuition for our youth.... As bands today play more lightweight novelty items than anything else - the Brass Band movement has a whole is already perceived as a kids activity ! its possibly too late to fix this situation now unfortunately. Just because most bands are Ammeter does not mean you have to be Amateurish and buy/perform bubblegum guff all the time. Ammeter simply means there's no money in it. Composers and Conductors are the only people picking up a pay packet. Instead of standing proud and shouting 'see what I can play' We should maybe think about standing up and shouting 'why are we playing this ?' We should be playing Brass Band music, not everyone else's. The heart of the matter is of course that we actually lack true Brass Band composers. When those that specialize in arranging turn their hand to something original it often exposes a serious lack of creative ability. (hence even more cheese) 'Brass Band Aid' was a Great idea ! I suggest we start a new campaign (that'll be a belly-laugh eh !) I'll leave you to the acronyms but something like (lets stop playing this tripe) but a bit more catchy.