With this years Areas fast approaching, I am considering the thorny question of how many bands are too many for one section? The Fourth Section in the West of England will see (if they all turn up) 27 bands battle it out for the title. The draw has been divided up into three sections and play will commence at 9.00 am. The Championship Section will follow at (and not starting before) 4.30 pm, over seven and a half hours later. With the prospect of promotion being on my mind, I am sure that the first four places will as usual be easy to pick out, but after that do placings become a lottery? How do you choose between the band that is placed 7th and the on placed 17th? Can we really expect the two men in the box to remember if the band playing number 1 was better than the band playing number 27? In 2004 five bands were relegated from the Third Section but only two promoted to replace them, thus leaving only 14 bands in the Third Section. Is this madness?