Having seen the results for this year's Midlands Area contest, it triggered a thought that I felt needed addressing some time ago. When conductors/M.Ds are taking more than one band, even be it in different sections, on different days, how do they prioritise their time, particularly in the weeks approaching the contest? Do bands actually benefit from using an M.D who is spreading themselves thinly to maximise their time? Back in the 1990s, I was secretary/ player in a recently promoted top-section band, which gained sponsorship and employed an M.D in those circumstances. It wasn't long before our results suffered, we often had to play off no.1, to accommodate his other commitments, and all-in-all, it was a total disaster. Bands deserve total focus and commitment, though I do acknowledge that success/reputation makes individual M.Ds popular amongst the community. I am not aiming this at any individual/band in particular, but the results do not seem to have benefited any band in that position, this year. What are your thoughts on this?