Recently the Queensland Band Association released documents written to invoke discussion about concepts wanted in a new constitution. While the idea is sound, the document begins to ask questions like * What instruments should be allowed to compete? * What is the purpose of a Music Advisory Board and what are their powers? * Should marching be discontinued? Any many more questions. As I read the "White Paper" (What is a QBA and what are it's powers?) and the "Green Paper" (What should our constitution say about us?) I see issues being discussed that, if accepted and carried, then a huge chunk of the cultural heritage that is brass banding will be lost forever? How far is too far? Surely we should be able to say "They stay!" about some things. What aspects of day-to-day and contesting brass banding should be changed? What should remain? I am attending a meeting of thre QBA this weekend and any ammunition I walk in with would definately further our cause!!