Extract from 4BR – Postcard from Yeovil Why they always have to hold it on an international rugby weekend? It may seem like a small point, but for those lovers of the oval ball game it becomes perhaps the only contest of the year when certain bands are actively wishing for their representative to pick an early draw number out of the hat. Take for instance the lads and lasses from the Cwmaman Institute Band from South Wales, who were drawn number 11 last Saturday. With the kick off to the Wales/England Six Nations International just minutes away, they had to sum up all their powers of concentration to go on stage and perform, just as Shane Williams was scorching around the static English defence and scoring the game winning try in the corner of the Millennium Stadium. Thankfully for them they produced a fine performance to come third, but come results time there was not a single player in the hall to witness their sole representative pick up the 'Best Soloist' award and the cheque for £700 for coming third overall. Choices had to be made, and when it came to one between a gallon full of celebratory beer or a squeeze into the back of the hall hoping to see if you have come in the prizes, it was no contest for proud Welshmen and women was it? The same applies to MDs also. On this occasion a superb bit of trumpet work by Cwmaman's MD, Jonathan Corry was quickly forgotten as soon as he donned the comedy sombrero and what appeared to be one of the female members of the band's purple poncho. It made him look suspiciously like Julian Clary on a particularly bad day. As an avid reader of 4BR I have become to think that 4BR is an organisation run by amateurs and will probably end up becoming the controlling mafia in the world of brass bands. In their efforts to get readers to log onto their website they try to make reports funny, controversial (in the voice of John Tickle BB4 – even I’m at it now) and sometimes untrue. We finished playing at 16:15 in Yeovil a clear 1:15 before the game started, yet according to their report Shane Williams was scoring, Does 4BR think that there’s a different time zone in England?? Finally, we spent five consecutive nights in band for the contest and with the hard work done, spending a little time at the pub watching our national team play is a personal decision and a right one. Some events will not let you enter the auditorium at the end of the contest if you haven’t a ticket – British Open is one of them. Other bands may also wish to look at Postcard from Yeovil as it's not good reading. Is criticism the way to go and does this make 4BR a professional or purely an amateur organisation? Your thoughts please ??