Hi Folks - I'm about to open a can of worms, beware! In the 1m for the band thread, we started talking about what music promotes bands best, the old "yellow stuff" or the Brand New Stuff. I was typing a reply when I started thinking I'd better start a new thread. . . What do you think a Brass Band should play or even record? Either to sustain it's future, draw in crowds, move the movement forward or keep the movement where it is!? I'm only a begginer at this, I've been a conductor for about 8 years. I've always set out to do the same things, regardless of standard (there's music out there for every standard of band). I always try and offer variety, I like variety in my playing, conducting or listening so I figure the audience must too. I don't just mean March/Hymn/Solo type variety tho. I change my program about as much as possible, Classical, Jazz, Orginal BB works, Hymns, Marches, Salvation Army, Film, TV etc - you name it, i've had my band play it. My motto is always if everyone goes away from my concert talking about a piece they really liked then I've done my job. I figure my audience may range from about 6/7/8 yrs old up to 70/80/90 - it's my job to please them all at some point in the concert. Does it work? don't know ...but we're booked up all this year without a space left to play for anyone new, almost every job has rebooked and most are having us back for the 3rd or 4th time and I believe thats because they realise they'll get a new program and it'll havce something for everyone... So what should brass bands be playing to keep the audiences coming and to find new enthusiasts at every gig. . . . .