I am surprised that there are not more brass ensembles about. There are many good corner players in brass bands who I think should create their own ensemble and get to keep the money from concerts for themselves instead of doing a thankless job for free for a brass band. It seems the brass band world revolves around the 27 man brass band. There seems to be little on offer in terms of competitions for smaller brass ensembles. It's a shame that so many good brass players keep themselves in the 27 man brass band setup when there's many other options available.