I am just interested in finding out whether people think it is fair to judge an entire section based on exactly one unknown criterion. We have had the midlands 4th section farce, where some of the best 4th section bands in the midlands (and in the country for that matter) played amazingly well but were punished on that one unknown factor of volume and that fact that they were "showing off as 3rd section bands coming down". Now the same kind of thing has happened again at butlins. Our band played a good performance, as did many other good bands that came nowhere...and it is all based on the one factor of tempo now. We were apparently too fast in one of the 4 movements (even though we were actually under the written tempo) but played everything else very well. After playing I heard from many people independent from the band, that we played well and should be placed. Even our remarks are immaculate but just mention that one negative thing (which arguably wasnt even wrong). These are not the remarks of a band coming 7th out of 12. Obviously I am not complaining about the bands that did do well, I offer my congratulations to them. It just seems like adjudication, in some cases, is becoming about looking for one thing and one thing only. Fail to achieve this unknown thing and you come nowhere. I'm interested in peoples thoughts on this as our band (and lots of others) has seen at least two cases of this happen this year.