At a recent contest a band I was working with received their adjudicators comments. Reading the comments they were ALL positive (technically secure, tuning excellent,nicely played etc. etc.). The only slight negative was one comments saying one soloist was 'slightly insecure' on a cadenza, everything else was positive (honestly!). The last comment was "An accomplished performance however I feel your slow tempos were just a little too slow". What position do you think the band got ? 4th FROM LAST We've looked at these time and time again and it would appear that the adjudicator placed us purely on a difference of opinion with the MD on the interpretation of the work. My question is this, should contests be judged on interpretation. When we do not know what the adjudicator's interpretation would be should the contest not be judged on band 'basics' first an foremost. I do know that some of the bands above us had negative comments about tuning, not being together and yet they beat us, we can't understand it. This is not sour grapes, if you haven't got a sense of humour then don't enter contests. The band that won the contest fully deserved it and there is no way we should have beaten them. Not even saying we should have been in the top three but what I am concerned is that it appears that contests are being judged on purely subjective points. I personally think this should only be used when two bands are 'level-pegging' on everything else. Your thoughts ?