Why is 4BR so down on First Section Bands? All I've read so far is how badly the bands are doing on Carnival Romain, with the implication that it is disappointing given that these are "aspiring" Championship Section Bands. My argument would be that far from that, the test piece is a suitable choice, which thus far has clearly differentiated between the bands. Isn't that the idea? My other point is that gaining First Section status is one hell of an achievement for many bands. Achieving and then retaining Championship Section status is a whole different ball game for what is to many people just a hobby. Is it a failure when the band doesn't meet that "aspiring" label, or is it the best that that group of players could achieve? As a teacher I encourage my pupils to do the best that they possibly can, and I do my level best to help them achieve that. I always say "if you have made your best effort and can be true to yourself, then no-one can ask for anything more". Why should banding be any different?