What are the feelings about gold braided military style uniforms. Do they look smart and enhance a bands presentation, or are they a lingering throw back to Victorian times when they were indeed fashionable? When we sit there, glittering and sparkling, shimmering with gold shoulders, cuffs and collars, (We have thankfully lost the peaked cap) are we a great showpiece, or an anachronistic relic of the past. Do people come to hear the band or look at it ? I suspect both which is no bad thing. Would blazers,badges and ties, or jumpers/sweaters with embroidered names or pin on badges be more suitable for the 21st Century. Personally I'm all for the gold braid and distinctive colours of individual bands. I think it gives us a certain style. Just look at some of todays football strips - not exactly dull are they (Though we were wearing sponsors badges long before they were !!) Like it or not, we are not just a musical entity, we are in the entertainment business - we are on show !! - Thanks to Keith Wardle who prompted my thoughts on this subject.