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    Happy to confirm that @Bbmad - and for a few...

    Happy to confirm that @Bbmad - and for a few other posters too.
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    Lower Section Bands

    Sadly, the use of a derogatory term for lower section bands is creeping into a couple of threads recently.
    Many of the players in the Championship section will have come through Youth and Lower...
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    Can you expand on this with which contest this...

    Can you expand on this with which contest this is? Thanks.
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    The line up is available here:...

    The line up is available here: http://www.all4brass.com/contest%202.html
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    Used my new Thomann tonight at my first rehearsal...

    Used my new Thomann tonight at my first rehearsal with Cologne concert Brass - have to say very impressed with the instrument - great sound, good build quality and all for less than €300.
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    Tickets on sale from Jan 12th here:...

    Tickets on sale from Jan 12th here: http://www.regional-contest.org.uk/yorkshire/
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    It does add a certain something doesn't it! I'm...

    It does add a certain something doesn't it! I'm sure you were there!
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    Nigel Horne's 1996 Cyberband

    I was fortunate to have been a part of what is believed to be the first ever live broadcast by a brass band on the Internet which took place in 1996 from The Cyber Cafe, Victoria, London. I recently...
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    Indeed - and I wouldn't ever suggest that they...

    Indeed - and I wouldn't ever suggest that they don't go - it's just a little hard on the bands that trained them to only have them for a short part of their banding career. Good luck to anyone making...
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    Some interesting points there - my own experience...

    Some interesting points there - my own experience is based on banding south of the Thames and the banding background there is significantly different to the industrial and mining bands referred to....
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    Nobody is trying to impress anyone - it's a...

    Nobody is trying to impress anyone - it's a discussion! You might like to inject schoolboy humour into every discussion but here's something you clearly don't know: it's not always appropriate.
    I...
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    Perhaps a trip to an Old Firm derby will change...

    Perhaps a trip to an Old Firm derby will change your mind on that! ;)
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    Things must be different in Leeds then as the...

    Things must be different in Leeds then as the numbers I gave earlier suggest the ladies are getting better opportunities down south! But to keep this to the OP, that's another issue!
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    I counted them separately to the M/F count. It's...

    I counted them separately to the M/F count. It's not overly relevant except to point to the fact that this band (and it is not untypical in that area) doesn't have an imbalance of M/F members and...
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    nail:head. And thanks for sharing the other...

    nail:head.
    And thanks for sharing the other story - what a great example of perseverance.
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    Correlation and causation is a trap people often...

    Correlation and causation is a trap people often fall into - because there are less female conductors does not confirm sexism - it confirms only that a lot of female conductors have not chosen that...
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    But where do you stop? If you have quotas for...

    But where do you stop? If you have quotas for women, it would only be right to have them for LGBT & other radial backgrounds too. In a small organisation of less than 30 people, this is unworkable...
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    Thanks for that Dave - I knew you knew her so...

    Thanks for that Dave - I knew you knew her so this is good background and I suspect not dissimilar to many other female musicians.
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    There will always be people with prejudice -...

    There will always be people with prejudice - that's not restricted to banding though. The OP was specifically asking about sexism in bands - and generally I do not see that.
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    I have indeed read them all -You think the 2 or 3...

    I have indeed read them all -You think the 2 or 3 people on here represent what's going on on the real world?
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    Back to the OP - it is clear from the evidence...

    Back to the OP - it is clear from the evidence that at one time, there was discrimination in bands, However, in my opinion and experience, there is no discrimination now, simply an imbalance that is...
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    It's not just here that this has been raised - an...

    It's not just here that this has been raised - an amusing piece on how to be a conductor also managed to get comments on the lack of females:...
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    Thanks Andrew - the reviews on their site seem...

    Thanks Andrew - the reviews on their site seem good so I may just give one a try.
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    Thomann Cornets - any experiences?

    I am looking for a cheap cornet for occasional use - as I am living in Germany, the Thomann range has come to my attention - does anyone have experience with any of their range of cornets?

    Thanks!
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    My army bandmaster had the letters FAMD after his...

    My army bandmaster had the letters FAMD after his name on his office door. ###all musical diplomas......
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