I have just read a very interesting article on All4Brass here :- http://www.all4brass.com/feaures 2.html The author takes the idea of sports psychology and reasonably and convincingly applies some of its aspects to playing on the contest stage. I actually agree with him to a large extent, please read the article and give us your views. I for my part can say that to some extent the main aspect of confidence is a very important one, and luckily the band I played with till I retired out of it, practised some of that confidence building, some coming down from the MD himself, and boosted by the other more experienced players as well. It may be the reason why a band I joined as a fourth section band in 2007 is now promoted to second section next year. I can say that in the many times the band came out with one of the top three prizes, that when we sat down we were all confident in our own and everyone else's ability to perform and to do so well. Anyone else have any views?