Our Training Band (TT Brass, Totnes) continues to go from strength to strength.:biggrin: 20 players at practise this morning, with seven regulars missing! Several of our more experienced players are now regularly playing with the main band- which also means we've lost one or two completely. Here's the Dilemma. The gulf at the moment between those players and the learners starting from scratch (including some adults) can be difficult to bridge, keeping people's interest when things are either too difficult or too easy is a challenge. We're fortunate enough to have players all aroung the band: 10 Cornets 5 Horns 3 Euphs 2 Baris 4 troms and even one young lad on bass plus a percussionist But the development of the players doesn't necessarily match the instrumentation (3 trombones are complete beginners and most of the horn section is as well) so sub-dividing into two smaller groups isn't straightforward. Apart from that the social aspect of being together is what keeps people's interest. We've got a good range of music including "Kids at the movies", "Kids play Disney", "On the Bandstand" etc etc plus access to Salvation Army Unity Series Music (5 parts plus percussion) Often on TMP so much of the discussion is about bands struggling, folding etc but there must be other training groups around the country, so I'm just looking for a sharing of ideas- a kind of training band forum :biggrin: We would like to introduce the band to contesting, but when we tried at the SWBBA in November found that it's not easy when your learners are adults, so ended up entering the open/ungraded section which was a good experience, but...... a little bit beyond us!!