I was just wondering what you all thought about non-British Bands getting a free pass into the British Open? This trend has only been going for the past few years (results courtesy of 4BR results archive) 2005 Brass Band of Central Florida (USA) 2004 Dalewool Auckland (NZ) 10th 2003 Illinois Brass (USA) 16th 2000 Woolston Brass (NZ) 13th As you can see the best result is only about half-way up the table. The qualification for British Bands to make the British Open is now quite extensive (you have to place high in three contests). I'm mixed on the matter myself as I think it is great that overseas bands are competing in England (especially to compete against most of the best bands in the world), but part of me thinks, maybe they should compete in something smaller first to show they deserve a spot in the Open. Perhaps overseas bands ought to be competing in the Masters or at Pontins or Butlins. Maybe they should even compete at the Grand Shield first and if they finish in the top 3 or whatever then they can compete in the British Open once (more if they get a good enough result at the Open). Your thoughts?