NO doubt there were many brass enthusiasts who took a sharp intake of breath with the news that the Yorkshire Building Society Band is to lose its sponsorship at the end of the year.
There would be still more sharp intakes of breath when band manager Simon Gresswell revealed that to keep such a band in existence cost about £150,000 a year.
Now the band, aided by the YBS, is trying to attract a new sponsor. From January, it will be known as the Yorkshire Brass Society - until a new backer is found.
The YBS combination is not the only band to have been well supported financially by either commerce or industry.
In the past miners paid a weekly levy towards the upkeep of their particular colliery band, while some of the giants of industry dug deep to maintain a band.
Over the years the Leyland Band has received hefty financial from companies, the last one being Dave Whelan, the billionaire boss of JJB Sports.
When sponsorship ended there was nothing much left in the bank and today, Leyland is fighting to get on a firm financial footing. Not one player round the stand receives payment for playing an engagement or any travelling expenses. That may be alien for some top players, but for thousands of others the pleasure comes in playing, so much the better if the band is a successful one.
Whenever a sponsorship story emerges I think of Brighouse and Rastrick, a public subscription band which, in its long history, has never sought financial backing and yet maintained its place as one of the country`s leading combinations.
SLAITHWAITE Band will play a Remembrance Day concert at the bandroom on Sunday.
The band will play a mix of traditional brass band music as well as familiar tunes from both of the world wars.
The music, and the memories, start to flood out at 8pm. There is no charge for the concert though a collection will be taken.