Just read that the Yorkshire Royal British Legion Band need players Grade 6 or above. I say this as a person who's never had time to study any Music due to my Engineering/Military service. I was taught how to play notes basically by a School Brass Band and then I taught myself valve/slide positions, how to read all Orchestral Clefs and with lots of practice went to play with Friends in a Salvation Army band as a guest. I remember being told as a youngster in South Wales I couldn't play in the Welsh School's Brass Senior band as I wasn't in a known Brass Band, therefore not a good player! I kept up practicing though and over the years I have managed to play Baritone, Tenor/Bass Trombone, EEb Bass and BBb Bass for lots of bands with no complaints on my playing skills. Is being a high grade the normal requirement, is it this band only or do all the top bands ask for this requirement? Would people like myself be rejected by the top Musical Directors as not being a true Musician because I pursued a career outside Brass Banding? I would have thought in this day and age of shortages in Bass players most bands would be happy to see as many low Brass players as they can get hold of .