If I am reading marksmith's thoughts correctly here I am a ...........? | theMouthPiece.com Brass Band Forum he is concerned and frustrated about a perceived lack of commitment/engagement among personnel in brass bands in recent years. I am also concerned and I am interested in the stories of others, especially if they are success stories! As the years go by I have observed that the membership of bands seem to have become far more choosy about what they are prepared to do. There seem to be more people who will avoid non-glamorous activities and relatively few people who will get their hands dirty with the essential work that keeps these organisations going (admin, maintenance, PR, fundraising). It seems that people just expect this stuff to 'happen' and it is often the laziest people who complain the loudest when things have been rushed or not done at all by the small number of people shouldering the burden. Is this a symptom of a general lack of engagement from people these days? Are we just becoming a race of 'entitled' people who think we are above doing the necessary dirty work? Brass bands are my thing. Are people involved with other organisations (sports etc.) seeing the same problems? How do we fix this? Do we need to change the bands or change the people?