Looking around at the adverts, and our own vacancies recently, there is a disturbing common theme appearing! A distinct lack of quality Front Row Cornets/Repiano, Bass Players (of both pitch) and percussion and on a scale I've not seen before and for such a long period of time. I know these themes do appear (I've been depping like a silly begger during Trombone and Euph shortages before) and Percussion has always been a slight issue, but I don't recall it being on such a large scale and incorporating so many sections at once before! I am mainly looking at Yorkshire here, but it's glaringly obvious that almost every band (including some of the 'big boys') seems to be unable to find at least one of these players, in some cases more or all (we ourselves are still seeking a permanent Principal and Bb Bass, but for almost a year were short on percussion, Front Row, Basses and Rep with little chance of finding players, so much so I moved from Euph to Eb Bass simply because there were none out there). I do know several excellent players who simply can't commit "full time" to playing or gave up and only get an airing once or twice a year for a contest (but every year). So where is everyone? What can we do to resolve it?