I'm just interested to hear other people's opinions on this... A friend of mine enters the 'Amateur Cornet' section of the National Championships here in NZ most years. He's a cool dude. I was helping out his band the other night as he dug this year's test out of the library for a squint. It is Philip Sparke's arrangement of 'Blue Bells of Scotland' scored for euphonium. A fine arrangement, but I wonder how it will fit for an amateur cornet section. For one, there are several (including the last long FF note) low F naturals. Bread and butter for a modern euphonium, but for a cornet? For another, while the original sounds great on a good trombone, and I can see the logic around the changes in this version for euph, I'm not sure that the composer's/arranger's intentions are going to be heard, even with a very good cornet player (for a start it's all an octave higher against the piano of course!). I'm wondering if I'm being a bornig old fuddy or if anyone else is raising an eyebrow? Last year I questioned some of the test choices in other sections (flugel got Curnow's Rahpsody for Euph) and was told that there wasn't enough in-print repertoire of sufficient quality to stop these kinds of odd decisions... which I don't believe at all! Argument please!