Last weekend, our main band hosted a conducting workshop, led by Russell Gray. Those taking part came from across a wide swathe of country, yet despite the fact that Russell clearly knows his stuff about conducting, and about teaching others to conduct better, and the fact that there are a whole bunch of bands within a 25 mile radius of our band room, not one of the participants came from a local band. I'm delighted that every slot on the workshop was taken, and that all the participants agreed that they had learnt a great deal from it - but I'm baffled as to why so many local conductors weren't interested enough to take up the opportunity. ??? PS - and all the participants agreed that the band had done a superb job of working for them, and with them!