We are coming up to a time of year that Brass Banders seem to hate, Christmas. All I seem to hear are moans and groans about Carrolling and playing Christmas music, yet traditionally Brass Bands collect enough money from the people who like to hear carols to fund most of the band activities for the coming year. I hear the comments about same old music year in and year out, but I could say the same about some of the music we play in the parks and other concerts every year. So why the gripes???