I have a 'gripe' that I would like to raise. I've recently purchased the new Black Dyke/Obrasso CD "Fantastic Overtures" and, quite frankly, am very disappointed. No offence individually intended to Dr. Childs and B.D imparticular; there is some very impressive playing on the disc but why, o why, do Brass Bands seem incapable of performing classical transciptions in a stylistic way, particularly with tempi. On this disc it seems to be a case of 'How fast can we play this' rather than 'How fast should it be played' and I wonder if any notice or research has been undertaken to try to get a more 'authentic' and stylish recording that won't just appeal to the banding fraternity. 'Academic Festival Overture' in a new transcription by Howard Lorriman is technically superb but the speed way faster than any orchestral version I have heard, particularly at the 'grandioso' at the end when it is at least 50% faster than any of the 7 orchestral recordings I have (including some of the greatest conductors and orchestras). What is the fascination with speed in the brass band fraternity ? Recently I attended a concert by a 'named band' and heard one member of the audience remark that he would not be going to another brass band concert if they all have the same disregard for style'. Upon further discussions with the gentlemen he said that he was an avid music fan and, whilst on holiday, thought he would go along to a concert. Being in Yorkshire he thought a 'traditional brass band' would be a good thing to hear. This band performed several orchestral works including 'Judges of the Secret Court' and 'Chanson de Matin', both at a lot faster than the 'traditional' tempo. Do we, as a movement, need to convince our conductors to research orchestral styles and tempos more or can we continue to just hide under the "It's a brass band transcription" banner; it would appear that, if we do, we will lose more non-BB audiences. As a footnote it's not just Orchestral transcriptions. Check the actual tempo of the last movement of 'Year of the Dragon' and compare it to the speed actually 'attempted' by most bands, a big difference I think and I, for one, would trust Mr.Sparke to know what tempo he wanted and to mark it accordingly. Any thoughts anyone ?