What are your top ten favourite brass band CDs that you find yourself coming back to again and again? My first attempt (I reserve the right to change my list as you remind about appalling omissions/oversights in my list!): 1. Blitz, Black Dyke (Chandos) (wasn't this the one of the very first brass band cds? Blitz, Tam O'Shanter, Journey into Freedom, Pageantry etc., a tough act to follow!); 2. Classic Brass, Grimethorpe (EMI) (fantastic over all programme, breathtaking playing and tempi, opens with the Florentiner and gets better; was as toss up between this and Let's Face the Music & Dance on GCB label); 3. Classic Brass, Black Dyke (Chandos) (the Plantagenets!); 4. The Essence of Time, Black Dyke (Polyphonic) (Pondashers, Essence of Time, Toccata - Oh The Blessed Lord etc.); 5. Europeans 2004, YBS & Various (Doyen) (inc. the awesome live Flowerdale with Peter Roberts); 6. The Complete Champions, Black Dyke (Chandos) (Contest Music & Royal Parks on one disc!; difficult to choose this vs. the many other cracking Dyke/Chandos CDs); 7. Brass Band Classics Vol 2, BAYV (Doyen) (Epic Symphony, Roi D'Ys, Les Preludes etc.; I love this series, almost put all four volumes in my list and wish there were more to come); 8. Wagner, Grimethorpe (Doyen) (Wagner and Brass Bands, what more could you ask for?!); 9. Paganini Variations, Grimethorpe (Doyen) (Ravenswood, Ruby Tuesday, Paganini Variations etc.); 10. National Brass Band Festival 1988, Various (Polyphonic) (starts with Candide Overture which won me over and I keep coming back to it). Not necessarily in that order. Criticising my own list (i) if it's got the words 'Classic' and 'Brass' in it, it seems to be a winner, (ii) other bands deserve to be represented - too much Dyke and Grimey (Sun Life, Fodens, Brighouse will make an appearance when I think again I'm sure!); (iii) should be more polyphonic recordings represented, and finally, (iv) I should have one of the History of Brass Band Music or Master Brass series on here, but just couldn't choose between them! But the great thing is that I'm going to have to listen again to some great recordings in my collection to see where I went wrong. And I had good fun putting this together. Enjoy pulling it to pieces!