Due to my playing committments, I rarely get chance to listen to the BBC Radio 2 programme 'Listen To The Band', but last Friday stuck in the car I had chance. The chance to listen to a programme of quality brass musicians, playing quality brass music. Or so I thought. What were the main band items:- Festive Overture - Shostakovich Prelude to Act 3 Lohengrin - Wagner Pagliacci - Leoncavello Finale from Symphony Number 3 - Saint Saens All rehashed orchestral works. What happened to programming original works for brass band? Having read through several threads recently regarding dwindling audiences, is this the way forward? I would say not. Yes, perhaps include one orchestral arrangement, but not the whole programme. If we are to attract new followers, we need to show off our movement at its best, especially on this programme which can reach a national/international audience. To make matters worse, the Wagner was introduced as a classic brass band piece. I am not having a go at the Black Dyke Band (their playing or programming - because as always the playing was very good, especially for a live concert recording, and I don't know if the Band had been engaged to play a themed concert), but just wondered what other people think. Is this a shop window for brass bands, or an advert for radio 3?