Evening good folk, I've spent a good deal of time at the Nationals this weekend and thinking about contesting (yes I am a geek before you ask). I believe we need to add on stage warm up time on the contest stage. Looking at the amount of time that our percussionists need to arrange and set up, then we could allow each band a 60 second window to loosen the lips, blow a few notes etc . . . A good friend of mine who conducts a North East band, had some help from an Orchestral player for the area contest earlier this year. The Chap started warming up back stage and had to be asked not to, speaking with my mate he explained he couldn't play there, so the player said oh, I wait and warm on stage then?? Nope! you start when my hand comes down was the reply. Is this part of the reason we are looked at as "old fashioned". So, What harm would 60 Seconds do? I don't believe it would slow down a contest. From a personal perspective, I wouldn't mind the band playing whilst I was setting my section up. Or I would like the opportunity to play a few loosening phrases to get a little loose on stage. How many 2nd section bands like mine would like the opportunity to play for 60 secs before starting Resurgam next year? Thoughts?