I'm an 18 year old baritone player who joined a 4th section band late last year. On first appearance, the band seemed a great move. A lottery grant meant we had a full set of new instruments. Plus we had a core of players who could more than cope with 4th section contesting and we have a large practice room. However, after several Christmas concerts with a large amount of deps, practices into the new year left us with just the small core of players. Around about 13 at each practice to be precise, so we were unable to enter the Area Contest. All the band needs to be very successful are a few new players, an enthusiastic M.D and more importantly an injection of self-confidence! I'm desperately trying to be this injection but at the moment would say I'm failing. Unfortunately our area has a high proportion of bands, two have just been promoted at this years area. As a result, players overlook us. So is there anybody out there who has any good ideas what I can do. How can I attract players and an M.D, and get the band going again? p.s. if you happen to live in the Northamptonshire area and are interested in having a blow, don't hesitate to contact me!!!