As part of the research for my dissertation, I am looking into the position of contesting within the brass band 'movement', and the emphasis bands place upon contests. Given that there is just one round of Areas left for the year, I think this would be a very timely and stimulating topic for debate, so would be very interested to see what other banders think. For example, do you think there is too little/about right/too much emphasis on contests? Do you feel this is more/less applicable to bands of different sections or geographical regions? Do you feel that this level of emphasis on contests by bands is less/about the same/more than in previous years? Does your band approach a contest performance differently to another type of performance, e.g. a concert? If so, how and why? Thanks, over to you!