In today's world young people have so many choices of things to do with their spare time. Banding is faced with competition like never before for young people's interest and time. Perhaps you'd like to share with us how you've managed to keep youngsters interested in brass bands. As a starter, I tend to think that youngsters will be more interested in bands that have plenty on as I think they'd get bored turning up to rehearse without anything to aim for. MDs must also choose music that youngsters want to play to inspire them. Also I think the social side is important and so a generous half time break is a good idea. Finally I think parent involment in some way is important- they have to feel that all the chauffering is worthwhile. I'd like to know what you think about this issue. I'm also quite welcome to debate how to keep band interesting for all people, not just the young.