I am a part-time arranger. I am by no means a composer - as I cannot come up with an original melody. I have written what I believe is a very good arrangement for brass band. More on that possibly in a few weeks. I normally make all my arrangements free. Then a composer friend of mine warned me that music students will often look for free arrangements, download them, and turn them in as assignments. Ugh, what do you learn by doing that? But I know a lot of students cut corners and put high grades above actual learning. So I started to look at the prices some other amateur composers were charging. $30 for the score and $2 for each part for a total of about $50 to $60. What? When did they become a name like Philip Sparke or Paul Lovatt-Cooper? I thought some of these arrangements were fair to poor. Then I priced some newer pieces such as Dundonnell and it was about £160! Other pieces ranged from £60 to £120. I had to admit I was flabbergasted! Then I priced a Besson Compensating 4 valve baritone. $8000! Bands buy instruments, especially if they have junior bands. They have to buy music and insurance and have travel money and the list goes on. It would seem to be no small feat to keep a brass band at any level moving forward. Yes I know, I am long-winded. Did you miss me? For two years I was the Associate Director of an area orchestra. I rehearsed the group and directed several concerts. Music for orchestras is even more expensive. Orchestras will rent music or borrow music from another orchestra rather than spend thousands buying a piece. Large orchestras like the London Symphony will buy pieces and build an orchestra's library. Do brass bands do some of that? Do they borrow pieces or lend pieces to other bands? I know of one band that will go unnamed that steals all their music. They take music out on trial or borrow a piece and copy it for their library. They think nothing of it. I made such a fuss I am no longer welcome. There are a few good arrangers who do fine work for very little money. For example, I publish my pieces on www.ScoreExchange.com. I do charge for one piece I think is quite good, but the rest are free. It was like when I was teaching Statistics at Azusa Pacific University. I wrote my own statistics book, photocopied it and sold it to the students for $20 when the average statistics book was selling for $150. My book is still being photocopied as an "underground" study aid. I would love to hear any insights.