May 2006 will host the world’s first ever truly global brass band competition with the announcement of the Rightnowmusic.com Worldwide Brass Band Challenge 2006. The innovative event is the brainchild of Mark Dransfield and John Zwolanek of Rightnowmusic.com, the online music publisher supplying music direct via the internet, and is the world’s first ever 21st Century style brass band competition. The idea is a fun and laid back approach to competing but where bands of any standard from anywhere in the world can compete against each other. The whole process will begin on 1 April 2006 when all entered bands (which must enter between 1 January and 15 April with a graded entry fee meaning the earlier you enter the cheaper it is) will be e-mailed the score and parts of the newly commissioned and previously unseen test-piece directly by Rightnowmusic.com. Bands then have six weeks to prepare the music and prior to midnight (GMT) on 15 May 2006, bands will e-mail to Rightnowmusic.com an MP3 file of their recorded performance. Between 15 and 20 May every single submission will be posted on the Rightnowmusic.com website. Each post will have its own page, and each band will be identified by number only. However, even the bands will not know their numbers until the end of the contest. Until 20 May, people may download the MP3 from each band, post text comments and score the performance. Public rankings will be for entertainment and informational purposes only and will not count in any way toward official rankings. On 31 May, the final decision will be posted on Rightnowmusic.com and this will be exclusively made by the three elected adjudicators Brett Baker, Simon Kerwin and the composer of the new test-piece. The top ranked band will receive a trophy, ten per cent of the total entry fees collected and it will be posted as the Rightnowmusic.com Championship Band 2006. The winning performance MP3 will remain available for free download until 30 June, 2006. The second ranked band will receive a trophy, five per cent of the total entry fees, and will be posted as the runner-up. This may not be everyone’s idea of a traditional brass band contest but it certainly is a groundbreaking event that relieves bands of the hassles of traditional contests as there is no registration, paperwork or stressful issues. Bands can use whichever players they desire or one player could even record all parts in a multi-track recording. The whole concept is to impress the idea of fun in banding and give bands the opportunity to have their performances compared to bands from all around the world; an opportunity not often given to most bands. For rules, more details of how to enter and how to record your performance log on to the website at www.Rightnowmusic.com.