I came across this today, in my opinion it doesn't do the band any favours at all. I think this public bashing of adjudicators is wrong but it is going to happen now we have the internet. I just think that bands craving success or licking their wounds would be better off doing it privately. If what comes out of the bell is good enough it will win eventually. You just look like arses when you start complaining. They certainly weren't in my top six.............but i wasn't in the box:: "North West Area – March 11th 2007, indeed a black day. We needed to announce to the banding world that Besses o'th' Barn Band of old has changed, that performances were about to improve dramatically and that an immediate return to the Championship section was a reality. I firmly believe that we did do that, which has been supported by many. My pride in how you all performed was immense and in such a short space of time you were magnificent. However, an old colleague of mine had other ideas. I mentioned to you all more than once that I did have grave reservations about Roy’s ability as an adjudicator. I have been present at some contests where similar things have happened, some absolute “howlers” of results and unfortunately his reputation has gone before him, the most recent being in the South West, two areas ago on Rienzi. A result the bands still talk about. I was first alerted to this problem as long ago as 10 years. He judged the top section in Blackpool on Lowry Sketchbook. A piece I knew exceedingly well. Faireys were “awarded” first prize, they were flabbergasted after a performance which was not good by their own admission. Wrong entries and a very under par effort! This adjudicator missed it all. I’m sure, if I went digging, I’d find many more horror stories. During the day of our contest many people were confirming my thoughts. Roy Roe was a top, top Soprano Cornet player with a great ability and many years of experience. However, he has no experience as a contest conductor. My views on this are very strong, as adjudication is exactly the same job as conducting a band, without having to provide a solution for the players. Hence, making it much easier. It is imperative that the adjudicator has been or even better, actually is, a successful contest conductor. Without that essential experience it is very unlikely that anyone from the brass band arena will have the ability to do this special job successfully". http://pub18.bravenet.com/guestbook/show.php?usernum=1541198241&cpv=1 Now, this is written by... THE CONDUCTOR! On Besses own website!! What sort of reputation will the band gain with such public statements. Not very professional at all from the Professional Musical Director. I have played in more contests than i can remember and have had 'bad results' . I have voiced my opinion to friends and colleagues about these results but never thought to publish them. The speech that congratulates the band on their hard work is something that should surely be made in the band room, not on the internet. The public lambasting of Roy Roe is in my opinion a disgrace. I have been at the winning and losing end of Roy's adjudication numerous times. He has been adjudicating for years and for the most part his results stand up. I'm sure if we delve into the history of any adjudicator's record we can find results that we didn't agree with. One in particular springs to mind.......................................... Carlton Main winning the Yorks Area by four points in 1999!- Indeed a black day, but the result stands. If you want to put your band back on the map then go to the next contest and try again. If you're good enough you will start to win more than you lose.