Mel, Fiona, Jim and I went up to the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester last weekend (24/25 October 2009) for the Wind Weekend, organised in conjunction with BASBWE. It was fantastic! There were scratch wind bands, which anyone could play in, performances by amateur wind bands, specialist master classes and concerts by the students (conducted by Tim Reynish), plus trade stands for instruments and music. Adam Gorb was there and explained some of his music.
The buzz of being amongst several hundred people with the same interest was incredible, and I am enthused to practice every day for the rest of my life! Here's a picture of Jim being helped to breathe by the head of brass.