Should the rules on numbers of players on stage at contests be relaxed? For many bands, especially in the lower sections, a lot of the time is spent on concert work and socialising. So for most of the time its no problem to have 3 3rd cornets, 2 1st trombones, whatever. Then comes the AREA and some people have to step aside for a couple of months because of The Rules. (By the way, if anyone wants my seat for a fun packed Sunday in Burton-On-Trent in March, they're welcome!). Anyway, I have tried to think of what possible advantage would be gained by a band with extra players. Perhaps extra volume and stamina but at the expense of intonation and precision. Those who remember the ISB of the 60s / 70s with 33? brass players will recall the fantastic big middle sound, but would they have beaten Dyke at a contest? What do you think?