I was wondering if all bands are trying their hardest to fulfil their duty of care responsibilities for members? The most obvious is the requirement to obtain a Disclosure certificate (old CRB) for those taking charge of minors, in their capacities as responsible adults. Most will have covered the obvious in their band policies documents but what about the comfort aspects? Is it reasonable for members to be expected to sit in one position, for 1.5 or 2 hours, without a comfort break? Not only can it present problems physically (DVT), it can also be detrimental to the success of the rehearsal. Those in education, plan delivery of information in the general acceptance that the average concentration span is 20-30 minutes. Extending individual learning beyond that period, without a break or change of focus, tends to diminish the ability of participants to retain information. Many bands play straight through rehearsals, without the old tea/comfort breaks, in order to allow time to socialise at a suitable 'watering hole', at the end of the evening. Having some back damage/arthritis, as well as sitting on bandroom standard seating for two hours, I find this a challenge in itself, as little relief can be gained from fidgeting! The lack of liquid refreshment (tea/coffee/squash) that we used to share responsibility for, can lead to de-hydration and muscle cramps, again eased by a short break. Those dealing with physical conditions know how to ease/control these symptoms e.g taking your own water, but having to stand and relieve cramp or severe back-pain is not always understood, or appreciated, by others! So, despite the seemingly unnecessary interuption to proceedings, allow a short break mid-rehearsal, try to find a volunteer (create a rota?) to prepare a drink, and you will keep players happier, increase second-half concentration, as well as take better care for the welfare of your members.