I know the subject of the future of Banding has been debated to death, but what are we doing about it. I don't know the answer, but what is the percentage portion of Bands that operate a Junior / Youth band. The product we offer i.e. Brass Band Music is a quality product, but we have to go and GET our own future, namely that bands operate their own youth policy. Not just having a beginners group in a band but looking to operate a training band that can take part to the full in youth contests and festivals. An analogy would be to draw parallels with the "local rugby club" where they have the first team going down to the juniors, and this is the way we are going to have to fully commit towards operating Another question is, what funding, grants, help and assistance can bands recieve from Arts Councils, Local Government, Foundations, Trusts etc. Lower section Bands are not Black Dyke, we cannot just go and sign another player at will. Once over inflated egos realise this and bands try to grow from the bottom up then we just might stand a chance.