Dear Friends , I have been involved with brass bands nearly all my life as a player and spectator . For the past few years I have been asking and writing to many people why oh why are we not seeing a top brass band invited on to the main stage at the proms season . I think if my memory serves me right the last time that happened was Black Dyke around 20 years ago and I think we saw the national Youth Brass Band around 2015 but no more as yet. Again this year I see the programme for the Albert Hall does not include a Brass Band nor I think any brass ensemble . This year includes many musical genres including Jazz, Orchestral , Singing , Dance etc and a host of others so again I ask where is "The Brass Band" . I feel the Brass Band for the proms committee still has a "working class label " attached and therefore this image sticks in their minds ; it's not that brass bands can't play a huge variety of music both original and arranged, it is the image they portray , usually the really old one of "cloth caps & hob nail boots" again linking to the working class . I feel much effort has gone into changing that image but it has not worked for the proms committee and feel we are very much losing out to a wider audience who I know would appreciate some great brass band music and in turn would encourage especially the young to try an instrument . I feel very strongly that the committee has a very aloof/snobbish and prejudiced attitude and I encourage you all to protest to the proms committee to ask why the Brass Band is not inclusive in their musical minds .