A thought struck me as I was watching Louis Theroux on TV last night doing a programme about model airplane enthusiasts: why do we never see or hear much about the largely unappreciated world of the brass band movement? (well apart from the odd often tongue-in-cheek 10min spots on BBC radio) When I speak to people I meet about how much time and effort banders put into playing and conducting brass bands they sometimes find it difficult to believe people would go to such effort for what is effectively a hobby. Surely, this must be an example of a team event that is unparalleled in terms of time and life long dedication that is often given by its enthusiasts? So how do we go about getting some wider recognition and appreciation for what we do and love? Has, for instance, the body that is responsible for promoting brass bands in UK (or other countries) ever approached a TV production company with a proposal on doing some type of documentary? Have individual bands tried this before? I’m sure that the coverage of brass bands across areas of the UK (for instance) would mean that such a documentary would be as of much interest to, say, the average Joe that would be sitting in on a Wednesday night watching a similar documentary on model airplane flying. It would seem that with all the contests, events and concerts that happen throughout the year any production company would have an extensive choice of material to edit into an hour documentary. For instance, if a 6 week period was spent filming, say, a really top band, a mid-range and a 4th or junior section band then I’m sure this would allow enough time to show the various personalities that brass bands have as well as preparation for contests and concerts. Of course, we would like to hear from our own brass band personalities as well as the grass roots bander who spends his/her life teaching kids and organising local bands etc. Is it the members of the brass band movement themselves that are responsible for creating such a ‘closed’ hobby? Should we be doing more to promote what is effectively a big part of our lives? And is the movement at risk of falling into obscurity if we don’t start promoting it more effectively in our mass media culture? If so, how do we go about it?