Yes, I can certainly confirm that Staines will not be competing at the areas. It's terribly sad as the band was really beginning to make it's mark both at local and national level. As to why some members of the band simply deserted after the Nationals is beyond me as no explanation has been given by those who simply upped sticks. Perhaps it's a 'Grass is Greener' mentality but it left a bitter taste for the remaining members (8 people turned up at our first rehearsal on the 22 January). No notice was given at all with the exception of one or two. However, the band has taken the decision to withdraw from this years Areas as we simply do not have the time to draw a band together. If anyone out there would care to join us, you'd be made very welcome.