I would like to open a new debate on the adjudication and the standards of performance from the people who judge performances, opinions that shape the very fabric of the band movement. I got to thinking about this as I left the London and S&C Championship Section last night. Was I the only one who found Roy Roe's comments utterly patronising though? I know that the London S&C is not considered as a 'strong' area of banding standard-wise: but his comments in my view would not have been out of place at a kids variety contest at Butlins. I mean comments to the effect of 'all the bands gave it a good go', 'I have been pleasantly surprised by the standard down here' and his comments with regards to secondary soloists such as 2nd bari, 2nd horn, Bb Tuba (vareiety club wey heys after everyone was announced!) etc were embarrassing. I look at some of the guys judging our area contests, it makes me question the whole process of adjudication selection when the we continously have gentleman who have been doing it for so very long. Look at the average age of the guys judging our top section, bet my bottom dollar that is not below 60. I personally would love to see people like James Watson, David King, Ian Bousfield, Martin Winter, Peter Graham, Stephen Cobb, Ron Holz, Torgny Hanson (no relation of Alan), Bram Tovey, Rod Franks etc be in the box. Maybe these guys have been asked already, I do not know. Lastly, do adjudicators all have to be members of the association to be a judge. If so, that is a little odd...I mean ..it's like saying Alex Ferguson or Bobby Robson not having a coaching badge cannot manage their teams when people like Vialli and Reid have :shock: Thoughts please?