Can I congratulate the Scottish brass banding association again on a magnificent contest weekend with lots of highs and lows, some surprise adjudicator decisions and a lot of beer!! A couple of observations I want to flag up and get a general opinion on. Predraw for sections 1-4. I have to disagree with the decision to do that. Individual bands were told what number they were drawn and within 20 minutes, the bright spark with all the band contacts had found a draw out and posted it on fb. What a pointless exercise. Why don't they keep it as it was and get the 10 or so bands there at the start of the section so some can listen, some can wander about the stalls, and give an opportunity for more networking. That way the draw is decided on the day and bands don't dwell on the order for weeks beforehand. Another observation I had, especially in my section (2nd) was that there were several bands present who had brought in a lot of reps. Now I understand that bands need to survive and half a band doesn't win contests but one band especially had many players from rso playing for it and as a consequence, they came pretty high up the rankings. I don't see that itself as the problem, the problem I see is that those deps won't be there one next week and a band still has to sustain itself. There will never be any consistent teamwork. And say a band goes up a section in that state, thy will really struggle. Lastly, I noticed a lot of bands playing with 3 tubas. I understand tuba players are scarce, (especially Bb players) and it is a big instrument to fill, however there are so many avenues that could be taken to get 4 tubas on the stand for contests. One example I came across was a band last yer who moved their spare 3rd cornet onto Bb for a contest . Another avenue I have seen is shifting 2nd Eb to Bb and using. Spare to cover Eb. So slate me, scrutinise me or praise me. What are your views?