Rant time!! For those that weren't aware there is often a rule about time restrictions for perc players to set the stage for a contest performence, the maximum time allowed being 4 minutes. At this years Butlins top section contest on Saturday there was a problem with the equipment that caused a delay in bands getting ready and the officials started shouting at us backstage about the 4 minute rule being in force which was more than a little frustrating as you can imagine. When oh when is this rule going to be got rid of?? The perc set up for St Magnus is serious stuff and I dont think its fair to ask percussion players to go on a stage, familiarise themselves with kit they have never seen before and then lay everything out in the manner they want. Can you imagine the uproar if the British Open put 28 random brass instruments on the stage and said to every band "on you go guys, pick an instrument each, you've got 4 minutes until you start"!!! Brass players dont have to do it so why should the perc players be expected to do it.