It may seem a long way off but now I have had my summer holiday the Christmas season planning starts. Our band has a number of players in their 70’s and 80’s. Some opt out of the outdoor jobs at Christmas but others do not and, unfortunately, during each of the past two Christmases we have had players who were taken ill and needed paramedic assistance whilst out carolling. The band gets the same pep talk each year about older players and those with health problems not being expected to turn out if they feel it is going to be too much for them and for static jobs we always ensure that chairs are available for those who need them. But some of these players have banding in their blood and do not like to miss out. As we make plans for this year’s festivities, I wonder if any other band has policies on older players participating in this type of activity.