I had an idea put to me the other day regarding possible formats for contests, in the light of falling attendances, and I wondered what people on tMP might think of it... Suppose a contest was advertised, for brass ensembles ( 4 to 15 players)... NO band affiliation required, open to ANY brass players... Rules to be kept to a minimum... More of a music festival format than a band contest format, e.g. well-known (in the brass music world generally) adjudicator(s), more concentration on comments and kudos than on prizes.... The question that was put to me was: would this appeal to brass band players? I specifically say "players" rather than "bands", because it wouldn't necessarily require any commitment from bands as such, but more from individual players. Do you think this could fly? Feel free to PM me if you'd rather not post.