Here's a question for the brass teachers on here, What would you class as exceptionally good standard and, is it regional? Would a 12 year-old cornet/euph/horn etc etc player expect to be of a better standard in, say yorkshire, where banding is very popular than say, where I teach, in Cambridge, where banding is dragging it's heels and bands are collapsing? I ask, because I've got some exceptional and really keen students, that have next to nowhere to play. I've got a cracking young lad that is really going to go far but finding him somewhere to play with others is an issue! Grade 4 merit last term, Grade 5 merit last week, aged 12. He needs people to play with! I'm looking for places for him to perform, whether it's competitions or whatever. He's one of only a few students I have that come out of exams looking like they've really enjoyed themselves, grinning like cheshire cats! I'm looking at leicester to enter him for the slow melody. He'd kick ass at the Air varie but isn't old enough! but I think you need to be tied to a band?