This month’s Brass Band World reports that Paul Hindmarsh has been “sacked” from the National’s music committee. It seems his views on commissioning new works, rather than using arrangements for the contest, do not sit well with Kapitol Promotions Ltd. I believe Paul’s reputation and influence has been of considerable value but confess I know little about Kapitol or why they have the say in choosing test pieces. Could Paul’s departure be bad news for those who want to see brass band music advance? Isn’t it only through the imaginative commissioning of new test pieces that many bands are prepared to play any progressive music?