I depped for a different band the other day, a community band which has only been going for about 3 years. Their selection of music was, to put it bluntly, cheesy. However it was fun, easy enough for most of the members to play confidently, and above all fun for the audience to listen to. The conductor even wore a straw boater and pale coloured jacket to add the the effect. It occurred to me that the other two bands I play for go out of their way to avoid cheesy music at all costs. This means that the audiences we play for have to listen to our selection of ex-test pieces, arrangements of recent popular music (to keep our younger members happy) and other peices requested by band members. One band I play for has music exclusively selected by the MD. At a recent concert we played our sophisticated selection of pieces, but the audience's most enthusiastic applause was reserved for.... the floral dance. This got me thinking - for public audiences, and particularly for bandstand jobs, should we be doing a lot more cheesy music, which the audience love, and a bit less of the esoteric stuff which is harder to play and even harder to listen to? Bring on the Gorgonzola??