Firstly this is not sour grapes. My band came 8th and last in North region second section contest yesterday. We got generally favourable comments from the adjudicator and scored a very reasonable 180 points, which incidentally would have been third place in the London & SC contest. The thing is that we only had one percussion player who through her in-experience decided to play bass drum only (she a trom player in real life). The adjudicator said that "some percussion is missing" in his comments. So my question is were we automatically doomed to last place because of the missing percussion?