Having just looked at a prominent band's website where they claim to be the "worlds most successful brass band", it set me thinking about how you would actually define whether your band is a success. Would you measure success on the basis of contest wins (historic or recent), level of contests attended / invited to? rankings position? concerts performed? CDs / recordings done? music commissioned? financial stability? charitable work? having a full band? having a track record of producing players who have gone on to bigger and better things? etc, etc. I guess the obvious first thing that springs to mind would be recent contest wins, although only 1 band can win a contest therefore all the other competitors would not be deemed a success at that point. The band whose website I mention above haven't won the most contests overall and don't even have a Nationals win yet (although that may be put right this weekend), but they have been successful in contests over the last 10 years or so and have been ground-breaking in other areas. Any thoughts on this?