Over the past years the lower section national finals have moved further and further forward (unless it's me) This must be a constant problem for lower section bands, We have a hard enough tmie doing Gala's in july without worrying about attendance for a decent rehearsal... This years contest in the third week of september would give most bands three weeks good rehearsing at best.. and so.. Are we lowering our expected standards at the flagship contest for lower sections? Surley we could push it back into mid oct?? Give everyone a chance to blow the summer holiday cobwebs away before turning out on stage!!