I've just been listening to "Listen to the Band" and "Big Band Special" on Radio 2's "Radio on Demand". Why on Earth do brass bands try to play swing music...especially on a radio network that broadcasts a highly professional and slick example of the genre? Their attempts to do so sound wooden and self-conscious. Jazz musicians cringe. To them it sounds comical. Listen to the contrast for yourselves! The BBC Big Band wouldn't try to play Zampa or Life Divine, they play the one style of music at which they are highly skilled. It is time we started to do the same. We need a more clearly defined musical identity to sell to the general public. An identity based on our own rich heritage. I expect I may be shot down in flames, but that is how I see it! Andy.