An interesting discussion on A4B regarding percussion at contests, is it really needed? here :- http://www.all4brass.com/feaures 2.html Before any one mentions it, I know I don't like contesting and won't ever do it again, but that is just my personal thing. However even when I was in a contesting band and environment, it is a though that I had then as quite a lot of other brass band music doesn't even have percussion written into it. So how necessary is percussion, and what are other peoples views? Please read the article on A4B first to get a perspective of the discussion.