In these times when it is getting increasingly difficult to get a 'full band' why do some people promise the earth and then change their mind at the last minute ? Recently the band I am currently involved with advertised a vacant position and were very pleased when a player of good quality showed interest. This player occupied the same position in another local band but declared that they wanted to make the move and switch to us. The necessary trial rehearsals and auditions occurred and the player was offered the position, which they said they wanted. Further rehearsals happened (along with many nice comments from the player) and everything seemed 'hunky dorey' that the player was going to join after the area contest. The area 'came and went;' and the player was still keen when suddenly, less than 24 hours after talking to the MD, the player sent a message saying they'd had a 're-think' and changed their mind. This whole process had been going on since Christmas and, as we thought it was all sorted, we declined the services of other applicants. These people are no longer interested and have found other playing positions leaving us with a prominent vacancy with two concerts and a further contest all happening within the next 6 weeks. Why do people do this ? I know we're not the first (and probably won't be the last) band to experience this sort of behaviour but it does leave a rather sour taste in the mouth. I don't know whether the player thought themselves 'too good' to join and is hoping for something better. It may be other extenuating circumstances but now we cannot get hold of them to ask. In a way they're lucky that the press release saying they were joining had not already been sent as they had given the okay for their name to be put in it, I'm guessing their present band doesn't even know what has been going on. I'll open this up for discussion. I'm sorry for the vagueness and my attempts to keep this 'a-sexual' but, despite how annoying the situation is, I don't think the person concerned deserves to be 'named and shamed'!