As I was checking the classifieds on 4 bars rest, it suddenly struck me that there are a lot of bands who are trying to recruit the same instruments (players). As a horn player I often glance through to see what bands are trying to fill horn positions and realised that this instrument, reason unknown, is not often required. Is this because there are an abundance of horn players in the country? This led me to look statistically at the adverts and the instruments required, results below: In the last 3 weeks adverts have been placed for the following instruments: Cornet 51 Bass 41 Percussion 26 Trombone 24 Euphonium 12 Baritone 8 Horn 8 Soprano 6 Flugal 4 Taking into account the number of each instrument required per band, I worked out the following: Bass 10.25 Percussion 8.6 Trombone 8 Euphonium 6 Soprano 6 Cornet 5.6 Baritone 4 Flugal 4 Horn 2.6 Do these figures show that basses are the most sought after instrument for bands? What do you think?