When I was at the Scottish Championships on Sunday, I noticed that the top three winning bands took their own percussion on stage with them. Now I remember at one band practise that the band was told from SBBA (from a letter) that because the piece (Tristan Encounters) had that much percussion in it, all the bands were to use the percussion on stage supplied. Now this sickings me in a few ways, the top leading band in Scotland, the Scottish Co-op should be leading an example, also all these bands supplying their own percussion ran over the time limit of 5 minutes to get on stage and start with there first note, and also the president of the band coming in 2nd place Kenny Crookston is a high up member of the SBBA and you would think that this band would follow SBBA's letter or there isn't really a need for SBBA is there? If all the bands on the day done this trick, the contest would have run onto the early hours of the next morning and SBBA would have a big problem. I don't see why one rule applies to one band and not the other. This isn’t the first year this problem has occurred, and a really think it is a bit of cheating, yes we all like playing with our own instruments, but come on. Well done to all the bands who did what SBBA said.