I was just reading another thread on getting Bass players to watch the MD (good luck!) when it occured to me that something we almost never do in the brass band world is to play form memory. Aside from the occasional soloist we just don't do it. Whilst at music college my teacher made me learn everything from memory - at first this is difficult but with time it becomes easy like any other kind of practice. I would suggest that to promote a greater concentration on making music (as opposed to playing notes) that bands play from memory more often. "Written sheet music is only a starting point to guide the player and once learnt only serves as a barrier to music making" Come on MD's take away that safety net! Mike.