Im sure there are probably hundreds of similar conversations about this on TMP however... In 1973, Championship Section Bands up and down the country were getting their teeth into the Symphonic study for Brass "The Plantagenets" by Edward Gregson 40 years later it is announced as the 2nd section test piece with little or no argument whatsoever from the bands involved, suggesting that the bands of 2nd section standard today are just as good as the Championship bands of 1973. For the record, Grimethorpe won the Yorkshire Areas in this year with non other than Elgar Howarth conducting. So here's the question. Are bands better than they were 40/30/20 years ago or has the music just got so much harder?