What does one do with a band that is becoming ever large? We're talking in the area of 35 players: e.g. 4 basses, 7 trombones, 3 euphs, 5 horns, 2 flugels, 1 soprano and about 14 cornets. Given that we do not compete, we generally don't (or can't?) say no to new recruits. There are different levels of experience and playing, so some are quite decent and others are, well, just plain awful (very elementary). It's frustrating for those of us who are really keen players. The overall result is a very poor balance, tuning problems, wrong notes and poor tone/dynamics/intonation/articulation. I thought of splitting it into a Junior and Senior - but many are older players and asking them to change to a different band would come across rude and cause (political) problems, people leaving/arguments. Ideas?