I’ve recently been considering getting back into banding after a break due to change of career. Now I’ve finished my evening course I have the time, although still left wondering if I have the inclination. A couple of times this year I have helped bands out and there have been several other deps there. The behaviour of some of the people there was frankly unprofessional and these deps seemed only to be doing it and getting away with it since they weren’t with their own band and therefore thought that they couldn’t be told off. The sorts of things these people were doing was drinking in between performances and using foul and abusive language to each other in front of the general public, generally messing about, which I don’t think paints a very good picture of the band they are representing. Also on one of these occasions, the conductor shouted at one of the members of the band so that others could hear. I felt that this was both unnecessary and unprofessional and without knowing the full ins and outs of what has been said by who (I don’t want to know either) previously as I don’t think that really matters, I don’t think that this is the sort of behaviour that should be displayed at a public event. I feel that our movement is suffering because some act like idiots leaving the public with the perception that brass bands are full of drunken wasters who don’t really take what they do seriously and that it is just a vehicle for being able to lark around. No wonder people would rather go and watch a game of cricket or an orchestra.