I returned to banding a few years ago after quite a long break and was a little surprised at some of the chages in the format of Entertainment contests. Bear with me on this one please; I am sure this will court controversy. What exactly is being judged in entertainment contests these days? One band I am involved with are playing a piece of music which is quite entertaining to listen to and play but are "improving the entertainment content" by standing up, sitting down and turning like Victorian Automata and are further "enhancing" this performance with juggling and plate spinning. I am sure this is all very entertaining, but what is being marked in these contests. Does a poor or average band score better in an entertainment contest because a few of the players can juggle or dance? Does a very good band who play a selection of pieces that form a diverse and entertaining programme get marked down for not having their bass section swinging from a trapeze? At the end of the day I play because I like making music. If I had wanted to be a juggler or a comedian, I would have joined a circus not a Brass Band. I just wonder where the line will eventually be drawn and whether the music and quality of the playing has gone by the board.