Within about 15 miles of our bandroom there are currently at least 5 bands (in addition to us) seeking trombone players. Now I know that trombone playing presents certain technical difficulty that valve flicking does not (but it's not rocket science!:-?) and that a little knowledge of bass clef can open many opportunities outside of brass bands, but I can't fathom why we are currently experiencing such a shortage! The trombone is such a rewarding instrument to play I just can't get my head around this situation which seems to be, for us in the North West, bordering on crisis. So where are they?