I was very disappointed to hear that this dusty old Dennis Wright arrangement is to be used for the National Finals in September. Can anyone explain the thinking that allows Cross Patonce to be the second section area piece, but then this dreadfull old fossil gets picked for the finals? I speak as a percussion player who has felt very involved during the rehearsals for Cross Patonce, and has been able to make a contribution to my bands efforts to qualify for the finals. However, I now face the prospect of being virtually redundant in the run up to preparations for Cheltenham. It could be better though, if the people who rule us had bothered to make some sort of effort. The chosen test piece for the second section is of course, as you will all know, an Orchestral work by Brahms. The original score includes Timpani. The Dennis Wright arrangement ( written sometime during the reign of William the Conqueror) does not include the Timpani. Surely, in these enlightened times, is it not reasonable to expect that the Timpani part should be included?