I have decided to set this up as a seperate post having just read some comments made about 'the virtually non-existent banding scene in East Anglia' I have just listed over 20 bands in Norfolk and Suffolk without trying too hard! They may not all compete, be top section bands or even up to full compliment, but they sure do exist. Some of these bands have thriving youth sections who are working very hard to produce the players of the future. Being a member and trustee of the East Anglian Brass Band Association I can state categorically they work hard to actively promote Brass Bands in the area. Within the past 5 years, they have worked with Sonar Brass on projects with youth bands. comissioned several new pieces aof brass music for their contest across all levels of age and ability. This is in addition to the yearly training day which last year had over 90 delegates. The most important thing they have produced is a Child Safety Policy for Brass Bands, which was among, if not the 1st in the country. However the drawback is that usually you have to be a member of a member band, but usually the bands that are members are those that are going forward and looking to progress. So it is probably best join an Association member band Without this sounding like I am boasting about my own Band, Cawston, we consistently have and have done for the last year or more , had 25 players at each of our twice weekly rehearsals. We have been around for nearly 120 years now and there are several bands in this area that go back that far. So, in summary my feeling is that in my 25 years of East Anglian Banding and the last 3 years working with the East Anglian Brass Banding Association we do exist, and will do for many more years to come.