Anyone looking at the Area`s at Torquay last weekend could be forgiven for thinking that it is "boom time" in banding terms for the County of Cornwall at present. Every single section apart from the 4th was topped by a Cornish band and the Duchy is supplying the bulk of the bands to Harrogate and the RAH. All things being equal there could be 8 bands in the Championship section from Cornwall in 2/3 years time, a potentially amazing feat! It is clear that the long-sighted actions of many Cornish bands to produce their own players through quality youth set-up`s is bearing fruit, and I doubt if brass bands generally have a more positive or a higher public profile anywhere as they do in Cornwall. As a Cornishman currently "roughing it " in a band just across the Tamar, Cornwall has shown us what can be done if you perhaps sacrifice a couple of years decent contest results and invest in the long term future of your band by giving the Kids a go. Ian H.