After an interesting weekend at Butlins, I thought I would air the question about whether or not youth bands should be put into sections. And wondered what the thoughts of others were..... This thought has arisen as although some youth bands are either school bands, county groups or training/junior bands for more established senior town/village bands, I have noticed that there are other youth bands that contain players that are registered with championship section bands, that take members from much wider afield (rather than just the local town or county). And this seems to give them an unfair advantage when competing against other bands, which do not have the luxury of obtaining championship level players from such a wide catchment area. Now before anyone jumps down my throat and accuses me of sour grapes because my band did not win, I do not play in a youth band, nor do I have any direct connection with one either. It was just a thought that I had when listening to some of the parents of the bands in the youth section at Butlins. Maybe if the contest was fairer, then more bands would enter????