Here's the scenario! Band is playing above it's own standard and gelling well for a good showing at say, the Areas. The band goes to it's practice hall to make sure all is well and to keep confidence high. Now, the draw is made and you have a late placing. The conductor decides to try and get as much out of the band by tweaking this and that but instead of saying 'that's it, folks ... enjoy the day!', he/she stops the band from listening to others and works for a few more hours (sectionals etc) to try and perfect the performance. A know of a few people (including myself) who have been in this situation of overkill and ended up going on stage giving a tired, lifeless performance that malligns the hard work done before. I wonder why this happens? Is it nerves on part of the conductor? Thing is, you cannot put a memory like that out of your system. Is this situation quite rare?