Competitive bands usually have goals set so that progression can be demonstrated with comparisons made against equal or better opposition. One thing I have unsuccessfully tried bands to adopt over the years is this ... failure to qualify for the National Finals is an ideal opportunity to buy that test and rehearse it judging your own band against the successful ones (if you can get to the finals to listen). Same idea for Championship bands not making it to the European ... why not buy the score/parts and work on it as a comparitive guide. For a lot of the bands that want to qualify and play in the Open, wouldn't be interesting to run the piece and be in a position to draw direct notes? I know that bands can be stretched for costs and maybe wouldn't like the extra expenditure but I still believe that the concept is worthwhile to think about!