It may be only what I see but is banding slowly fading away? There seems to be too many bands and not enough players. The general quality of players is also diminishing with some quite average players filling seats in some traditionally fine bands. There is also a big disparity within areas and indeed within area contests. Any band in the Yorkshire and the North West Championship section could hold up well at the National Championships as the traditional heavy weight areas contain the cream of the movement but if you look at the bands within those areas alarm bells start to ring. Generally the Yorkshire area is won by one of the big three Black Dyke, Grimethorpe or Brighouse who between them have hundreds of thousands of pounds going through their accounts each year. At the foot of the Championship table i.e. Yorkshire Imps, Hammonds, Hatfield etc who are good bands and would hold up in any other area it is more or less a penny by penny existence. Comments from adjudicators this year have also raised alarm bells in my mind. Reports of adjudicators looking for the tell tale bands, i.e. the favourites, getting the correct top three or four and then after that who cares it “could be any order”. Well the bands being relegated will care as demotion for any band often results in a large change of personnel which brings me to my final point. Too many bands have empty seats. They fill up for the area by bringing out friends and family for the event but come the concert season the same deputy players float around filling empty seats here and there. This masks the general situation, white washing the fact the movement is slowly fading away. Thoughts or comments please.