On Saturday evening ( 22nd Sept) I set of as a proud parent to listen to my daughter play in a joint concert with Poynton Youth Band and Faireys, as she has just passed audition to be promoted in to the main band, at the New Mills Arts Theatre. I did wonder at the time how the concert would work as the stage in the hall is not the worlds largest, however the format for the evening was to be 1st half the youth band and 2nd half Faireys, with no joint pieces. This alone I thought was a shame for the youngsters, but still they would get the experience of listening to one of the countries top bands!! For their part the youth band played very well indeed, taking into account their age range (10 to 17) and pieces chosen for them. Plus it was nice to see that at least 2 of the Faireys members sat in with the band to help out. So to the second half – the big boys. Well all I can say is what a disappointment…..for the following reasons; 1) Programme content – considering it was a concert with a youth band audience there was not one piece that they could have related too. The most modern being “the Trolley Song” 2) The actual playing – the whole performance was well below what you would expect from one of the so-called big boys. I am sure if he could the Sop player for the evening wished the stage would swallow him, however the band as a whole just did not seem bothered (its only a little job mentality). 3) Professionalism – Not all players were in uniform. Talking on stage. Poor Presentation. Need I say more?? I had thought that in the appointment of an old boy at the helm (Philip Chalk as MD – to which there has been no publicity) the band may have been back on the right path, but I was proved wrong. Following the concert I felt very sorry for the youth band, as I know as a young player (many moons ago) you felt in ore listening and watching this band and aspired to play for them one day if you got good enough, all I can say is not any more!!!