The local wind band in Lilla Edet, Lilla Edets Musikförening, springs from work and activities in the late 19:th century. Since then, the band has developed from a brass sextet to mixed wind band. It has been an appreciated contribution to the society on festive occasions. Yet, it seems like the band more and more has lost it´s useful purpose. Also, the recruiting of new members has ceased, as the music school has trouble with attracting pupils to learn to play wind instruments.
The reasons for this reduced interest are more then one. One aspect can be lack of atten-tion to the genre in music education, both in the music school and in the regular school. It may also be due to the media not showing enough of the wind music. That this genre, in many purposes, has been replaced by today´s popular music also makes the average Swede unaware of it´s qualities.
There are, however, places where the wind music tradition is stronger. This can, for example, come from special wind instrument education at an early age. It can also be due to the local band playing a prominent part in the society.
To help a languishing band activity, the band itself must cooperate with the music school and the society. All parts must do what they can to make sure the business stays alive.