Recently at the The AGM of the Scottish Brass Band Association, Alan Fernie chaired a debate about whether all bands should have a youth band. Although no details of this discussion were noted on the site, I think Alan wouldn't mind extending it to this forum. There seems to be many factors why many areas nationally have seen a decline in band membership, with reduced funding and support from local authorities and a significant decline in interest from kids to play band instruments. Is it about time bands share resources to allow these youngsters a chance to play in a full band? Should educational/local authorities be approached with a mandate to resurrect a youth policy for amateur music making in their constituencies? I'm sure Alan will be keen to add what's been already discussed in Scotland.