Do we really deserve audiences when you consider the hackneyed boring often repeated and predictable items that many 1/2/3/4th Section Bands churn out year in year out. At Kippax we have to present a brand new programme every month in our band club which certainly keeps us on our toes, but a lot of bands have one programme in the pad all year which consists, in the main, of the same items that 90% of other bands are playing that year - only the uniforms are different !!! I'm not suggesting that we should replace "Cheesy" audience pleasing items with technical modern items that please us but doesn't entertain them (us). I just think that a lot of bands could be a little more adventurous and rummage around a bit deeper in the library cupboard, or, (God forbid), spend a bit of hard earned dosh on some well chosen items from the publishers catalogue. We could even change the format of concerts away from the standard formula, and perhaps introduce a bit more wit and repartee from the MD/Compere. What about some interactive audience items, and I don't mean silly, cretinous, amateurish clowning that patronises the audience ? We cannot, in all honesty, expect our loyal supporters to consistently turn up and pay at the door (Or sit in the park) and hear the same items that they heard from last weeks band and the one the week before that et al. Let's really earn the meagre fees we receive for turning out on a Sunday afternoon or Saturday night, and give value for money by putting a bit of thought into how we can entertain the audience so they will enjoy the performance and look forward to hearing us again. A lot of bands need money from engagements to survive, and the bottom line is that if we don't entertain, we won't get jobs and we will struggle or fold - deservedly so !!!