Out of interest and with the talk about making bands modern I am left wondering: what the average age of those playing in, organising, and running brass band Associations? It seems there are lots of youngsters in our youth bands but is this missleading as many seem to play in more than on and many bands don't have a youth band. I am not saying it is wrong or a negative thing to have a mature base, I am just interested in seeing what the real figures are. If bands still have a large youth contingency and there are lots of young players and young organisers then Brass Banding has a future. If not and there are not many young people involved then maybe we should do something rather than leave it till it is too late. Maybe developing a cool youth band is the answer and then when the time is right they will cross over to the main bands. I saw the Weapons of Brass Destruction the other night, not my thing but loads of young kids there and who knows they may move across in years to come. QAnyway what is the average age of you band? How many members are over 55? How many under 30? Do you think this is the ideal mix of ages for your band? Maybe there is a need for a 13 - 30 National Brass Band Asociation or something like that managed by under 30s What new ideas have you tried to attract younger people to the band.