Hi All. A recent discussion with a mate of mine set me thinking about this. Several bands play the same road march and contest march throughout the march-contest season - which makes sense - and it seems to be the current fashion to play the same ones year on year. I don't particularly object to this as an idea, in fact a lot of audiences seem to like it. For example, if you see B+R waiting to walk down at whit friday, you know you'll hear Royal Trophy and Ravenswood. (and both played very well too!) Likewise if it's Black Dyke, you'll hear Knight Templar on the stand and (I think) Queensbury on the road. And this set us to thinking. How long has the tradition been established? How did the association between band and march come about and was there any particular reason? I know some bands have marches written for them - which I'd suspect was the story with Queensbury and Black Dyke. Indeed I wrote a road march for my last band which they still play and enjoy. I have heard tell of a contest march written for Besses back in the day that aparently nobody else has got - though the name escapes me. Just curious as to how some of our best-known teams of band and march came about.