We would like to extend our thanks to all those who took the time to attend our open meeting yesterday and are greatly encouraged by the messages of support that have followed.Over 40 people took the opportunity to join the Zoom platform hosting where our Chairman Andrew Jones and members of the Steering Group outlined the work that has been undertaken in establishing the organisation as well as outlining our future aims and ambitions.Questions surrounding membership, governance, transparency and finances were asked by representatives of some of our 52 member bands and 57 associate members (individuals and other organisations) that have joined our Brass Bands Wales since our launch just two weeks ago.Andrew Jones has commented: โ€œIt was a hugely encouraging meeting โ€“ one that was held in a constructive atmosphere of support and debate. I believe that holds the body in good stead for the future โ€“ and it is our aim to be able to build on this foundation and welcome even more members to the fold.โ€โ€œWe want to show that this is a body that is well run and administered, with a realistic understanding of what can be achieved in the short, medium and long term for the benefit of Welsh banding.โ€โ€œQuick progress has been hampered by Covid-19, but it has not hampered our solid achievements to date. Responses during and after the meeting showed that there is widespread support for a body to support Welsh banding โ€“ and that with our ethos of inclusion it can be a highly successful one too.โ€