Not everybody who plays in brass bands likes to listen to the genre as musical entertainment but many do.
Since the retirement of the popular and much loved 4MBS brass presenter the only chance to hear our kind of music has been the 4:30 PM Saturday program Strike Up The Band.
Sadly last Saturday saw the last installment of this show that brought music from the best bands the world over and many recorded highlights of major competitions including of course each year's Australian Nationals.
Not only was the program good entertainment but also useful and informative for Musical Directors and from an educational standpoint.
The half hour of brass is to be replaced by an hour of opera !
A letter of concern brought the following response from an ABC staffer.
"We understand your disappointment and I will certainly pass on your comments to those that make decisions.
We have been asked to feed back input from our listeners on this issue so perhaps there is some hope at the end of the tunnel if enough listeners complain about the change."
So if enough people contact the ABC perhaps we can again enjoy at the very least a half hour of their normally excellent and varied music programming featuring our brass band music.
The web link to make an enquiry / complaint is here:
It is up to all of us to strive for change.