This afternoon, in the scottish championships, a certain band brought in a professional player from another country to help win a contest. Inevitably the said player won the best award for the instrument. My question is whether this is morally correct. Surely if you're winning an award for an areas contest you are being declared the best player on that instrument in your area. So to say this player is the best player for scotland is false. There were other players which were worthy of this award. Below is my email to SBBA; "Firstly, i’d like to thank SBBA for a well run contest this weekend. I would like to express my concern, however with a foreign professional euphonium winning a title which essentially says “you are the best Euphonium player in Scotland”. Despite this being an award which misrepesents the player – as he is not scottish, it is also unfair to someone who could genuinely be the best scottish euphonium player! What does this say about our banding in general? That we have to pull in players to try and lie to the adjudicators and make out that we are a better band than we actually are? It’s unfair, deceitful and morally wrong in my books!! The band in question would have succeeded in pulling the best soloist awards that they did (minus the euphonium player), but in my eyes, there was another euphonium player that deserved to win that title – and he is a scottish resident. If it was me that had been cheated out of this, I would not be happy at all. It’s perfectly fair to be beaten by someone who actually plays for that band, and who lives in Scotland – but said player is clearly not Scottish!! In summary, I do not feel that it is right for bands to pull in professional players from foreign countries, register them a week before the contest, and then make out that they are actually a better band. I suggest that we introduce a rule that says players being pulled from other countries to sit in principal seats should not be allowed. It’s absolutely no different to the rule where Guest players are not allowed to win solo awards! I would like to point out that this is not personal, as I do not, and have never competed in the Championship Section. Regards"