Seven months ago, I joined my local brass band, after a seven year playing break due to work commitments. (Please note that any names of areas, bands, or people are not being used to avoid any embarrassment). The band is run by a husband & wife partnership (conductor & secretary), and unknown to myself on joining, over the previous 18 months, had lost 50% of the band personnel, due to people moving away & petty disputes. A few others have come & gone again after a short while since. Band practise now means between 9 - 12 players attending, & puts the players under a lot of pressure. The band has no committee, as the existing limited membership will not commit themselves, in case they get lumbered with running the whole show. Just to top things off nicely, the band has just had to cancel going to the area contest later this month, due to lack of players (which it also had to do late last year with a local contest). Also, we have done 1 indoor event since I have joined, and that was background music at an award ceremony, and not a proper concert. My dilemma is, to stay - and commit myself to spending the best days of the summer sat in a fete tent with the hungry dozen; Or do I move on, contribute to the bands demise, to a more popular band.