To avoid all those weeks and weeks (and sometimes months) of rehearsing the same piece over and over I propose a 'Sight Reading Contest'. Here's how it could work: - Bands are still divided into sections as now, with each band bringing along a piece of music to play, this piece is put into a draw. - When the draw is done each band receives an order of play and a piece of music. (it could be worked so you don't get the music you brought) - Each band is then given thier music when they go into rehearsal for half an hour before going on stage. You could use this format for Marches/Entertainments programmes and increase/decrease pieces of music. Some tactics would come into play as you would not want to take along a difficult piece of music lest you receive one in return. Also if you happen to draw a piece you know then your lucks in! It needs some work, but who knows 2010 could be the first All Commers Sight Reading Challenge!