It seems to me that there is a need for a fifth or 'development' section to be added to the current setup. In scotland it has beed done with success at a few local contests. I can think of at least 5 bands in my local area who would like to contest but they are percieved to be not good enough for the fourth section. Maybe the rules could be less strict or it could be an own choice contest, but would it not be good to encourage these bands to compete at their own level? School bands could take part as well. Promotion to the fourth section would let them know they were ready for it. Not thought it out fully but they are missing out on a big part of what brass bands are all about. Views?