Can this be true? I have been informed by our secretary that the date by which we learn of the National Finals contest test piece is to be some time in June. I was under the impression that this announcement would be made after the last area contest. Surely, if these decisions have been made already, which I trust they have, all competing bands at the finals should be informed at the earliest opportunity. Whilst I quite appreciate the argument that three or so months should be enough for bands to prepare the pieces and all bands in their repspective sections are in the same boat, I feel that delaying the announcement does a disservice to all bands given the enormous difficulty which I suspect most bands have in achieving full reheasals through July and August due to holidays. Does anyone have any information on this subject either to allay or confirm my fears.