I'm sure that there are others in our movement who have found a certain amount of arrogance displayed amongst some members of Championship Section bands toward those engaged in banding at a lower section level. It seems particularly prevalent amongst younger members of our fraternity. It is not, of course limited to our younger and generally university trained players, there are plenty of pompous older players out there with sectional superiority complexes. I recently overheard a young chap berating a very competent trumpet student because she had chosen to sign up with a second section band closely located to the championship graded band in which he played. On enquiry the young lady told me that at college he, and others were always having a go at her about this. She also went on to say that she had played on a few occasions with his band, but found them to be unfriendly, generally disgruntled, propped up with lots of deps at most rehearsals, and not really musically worthy of championship status in her opinion. Having heard the band in question I'm inclined to agree with her assessment of their current status. What makes people behave in this manner? We are after all only a very small part of the greater musical world. In my many years of playing, conducting, and the odd stint in the box, I have never felt the need to belittle those, many of whom choose to play in lower section bands. Anyone out there encountered this sort of behaviour ? Sydney.