Hi, I'm currently writing a chapter of my thesis on the attitudes and behaviour of players on the contest day. Although I have my own observations from contesting and have a general idea of the butterflies etc it would be nice to get other players opinions (and of course how the conductors and composers feel on the subject too! Any information I will gather from this research will be very greatful and especially any feelings or routines that people go through on the day would be invaluable. I have loads of data on musicians in the orchestral sector and it would be interesting to compare the brass band contestor to the concert performers. The information I am looking for runs along the lines of questions such as :- a) Do you look forward to contesting etc ? b) Do the rehearsals before the contest prepare you for the pressurised atmosphere of the event ? c) Do you feel that expectation is an added pressure on your performance ? d) Before walking out on stage how do you feel ? And is there anyone in your band that is particularly quiet or vocal or have certain habits which you find interesting or annoy you ? Any other info or reflections on this subject will be very welcome. ++ Can I quote any of the info in my thesis ?