Hi, I'm just writing a chapter on my thesis involving relationships and power structures in brass bands. I have found a lot of information on certain subjects and have a few examples of the political issues that could affect bands in the championship section. I have however, far less examples of political or dodgy happenings in lower section bands. So this topic will hopefully clarify whether political shenanigans occur as much if not more than in the bands of the higher echelons. I was sure that there was a topic on this, but can't seem to find it when I trawled through all the pages.... What do you think ? Have you come across certain situations which you have said..."I wish there wasn't so much politics going on, why can't we just play!?"