There is regular comment and discussion about bands (and audiences) being presented with original, contemporary, unfamiliar styles of music. This is music mostly commisioned for the contest arena. Now I would be the last person to criticise new musical tapestry, after all, History is full of examples. At the time, many considered Beethoven to be writing very odd music. Rubenstein told Tchaivosky that his first piano concerto was terrible. The first performance of "The Rite of Spring" by Stavinsky in Paris caused a revolution in the concert hall. I have read comments recently, saying that 'modern' music is partly resposible for loss of band members and dwindling audiences. This made me think. I know that there are some in the brass band movement who receive some monetary reward for their endevours. However, for the most part, brass banding is a hobby. Let me move to the orchestral world for a moment. I have heard on several occasions professional musicians saying things such as, "What a terrible piece", or "Why on earth did we play that for the concert". We must remember though, that this is their job. If they have to sit through hours of rehearsals which are unpleasant and tedious, at least they are being payed for it. What about the amatuer orchestras though? If the amateur orchestral musician goes to rehearsals playing Boulez or Schonberg, Cage, Stockhausen or Peter Maxwell Davies, would they leave? What do you think?