Today i played my last contest as official solo trom for Elland Youth. The band played the best they have ever played, finishing amazingly sounding like a full 'adult' band. All members came off a little disgruntled with a few wrong notes but absolutley buzzing and walking past crowds of people, conversations were overheard saying that we had won by miles. Turns out we didn't. For whatever reasons this was :-? we came 2nd yet so many brass banders were coming up to us and telling us we had played the best. I know it should just be satisfying enough to know in our heads and hearts we played tremendously but not getting the credit, especially because it was the last contest as official members for a couple of us, feels rather....humiliating. As the winning band cheered pretty much the whole of Elland band and other audience members sat in silence. Normally I would brush off coming 2nd and be extremley happy but this time i just can't seem to get it out of my mind. It was open adjudication and I have been told that it was the adjudicators first brass band judging. URGH! :frown: I've been banding for about 5 years now and im not just in youth bands so im not just being a youngun lol Anyone else had an experiance like this?