I still believe that the Regional contests should be the sole basis for each Band's grading, but I have been to twelve years' Regionals, now, and when the day is done and the results announced there's two sets of comments that always arise. To put it diplomatically, there's the "I don't quite understand the reason behind these placings", and, "There's just not enough details in our remarks." A solution to both would come from recording all the Bands' performances (some contests already do) but letting the Adjudicators take the recordings away for comparison and to produce detailed appraisals. [ There are several threads on tMP (and a number of experts), which highlight the care to be taken when producing such recordings, and I would only suggest a direct comparison between Bands in their own Region's section. It would certainly need trialling alongside the current system to ensure that it was feasible. ] An advantage for the Adjudicators is that it would give them more time to pick out every point that they just can't physically write down in the 15 or so minutes of performance and waiting for the next Band. Another advantage is that they could play back performances as often as they need, and directly side-by-side compare performances or parts thereof to separate definitively every Band. An advantage for the Bands is that they would end up with far more detailed remarks; and pointers for improvement; plus a recording of their performance. Another advantage is that there would be a possibility for the Adjudicators to produce a summing up of the positions with a brief comment about why the Band placed 1st was put above the 2nd because.....,and the Band placed 2nd was put above the 3rd because......, and even if such a summary was not produced, the extra time available for deliberation over the placings can only add to everyone's confidence in them. A big disadvantage of this system would be that no results could be issued on the day, but as the Regional contests are the the only contests important to every single competing Band because of the grading implications I believe that this system should be implemented for the Regional contests alone. No placings being announced would mean that a Region's cups/banners/cheques could not be awarded on contest day. These could be presented, for example, either at a Regional awards ceremony/A.G.M./dinner etc. or at a 'parade of champions' at the National finals of each section. However, I would propose that at least one adjudicator is at each section of each contest as normal. They could still award any solo etc. prizes ( as these don't affect the gradings ). They could also issue 1 guaranteed "invitation" to the Finals to the Band they regard as the best performing of the day. In a lot of cases this would be a Band that qualifies when the full placing list is announced, but when it is not it would add a wildcard element to the Finals.