Just come back from a fantastic trip to Oz with the lovely people at Cairns Brass in Queensland. Look out for their forth-coming CD, released in September I think. After catching up on the posts on here (quite a few in 3 weeks) I'm still no clearer as to who the EFBB are, who they represent, why they exist etc. Surely we don't need another federation, especially now that the BFBB seem to be making a difference in some respects. And what's the English Shield - another contest that the "Elite" bands won't attend? Who gave them the mandate to be the qualifying contest for the Europeans (or have I read this wrong?) Or, is it a big joke?