I've just been 'musing' around the threads and realised how many bands have been advertising for players since the 1st Area (Yorkshire) took place, 66 from a rough count. And a lot of bands are not advertising for 1 player, but often 2 or more. This led me to ponder how bands manage for the Areas, where obviously you can't borrow. Our band too have had this problem. We had to sign someone just for the area. It must be really demoralising for bands to go to the area with a full band and then turn up at the next rehearsal with empty seats! How does the band keep motivated?