I've just been reading about all the recent comings and goings of players and conductors between some of the top "Name" bands. It is impossible to ignore the similarities between this and Premier League Soccer. To allegorise further, isn't it true that the Championship Section is really two sections, Premier League and First Division combined, and the rest of us are in the Conference ? It's all about Sponsorship, and how much of this the name Conductors and players can cream off for themselves. It's a very lucrative roundabout because the same names just rotate around the same top few bands - the pickings remain constant - very lucrative !!! It is a corrupt, sneaky, backstabbing system, fuelled by greed and self interest that is bleeding the life blood from top bands who feel it necessary to enter this rat race in the name of prestige. The word loyalty, seemingly, has no place in "Professional" banding. We have all seen what happens when a "Name" band loses sponsorship and "Expenses" can no longer be paid - the sound of music diminishes and is replaced by the sound rats leaving the sinking ship, eagerly sniffing for the next piece of cheese which, of course, is just around the corner !! I forecast that in the not too distant future it is going to become extremely hard for bands to attract substantial financial support from commercial enterprises and the gravy train will cease to run. When the fat juicy fees dry up the recipients will still be around to enjoy banding, though they may have to fill their wallets (and purses !) from other activities. Perhaps in its place we may see the return of a little integrity to Premier Banding!