Before I begin I must first state that I know we didn't play a winning performance and I congratulate the bands that were placed.:clap: Now onto my moan........... We were critisised at one point in our performance because the adjudicator didn't like the tempo we took one of the sections in the piece. But we took the section in question, at the tempo marked. (our MD had his pocket metronome ticking away at the marked tempo to make sure.) If the adjudicator doesn't like the tempo the piece is written at surely he should take it up with the composer, and not penalise the band for playing whats written. This isn't the only time I've seen this kind of critisism, and it wasn't always with bands I have been playing with. If some adjudicators are going to mark bands down because they don't like the marked tempos, why bother putting them in, what I mean is instead of marking 'crotchet=92' just mark it 'andante' and let the band guess at which end of the scale it should be. I understand that no one is going to get the exact tempo that's marked, but they should get very close to it, and if the piece has a specific tempo marking then that is how the composer says it should be played, and if the adjudicator doesn't like it at that speed, he shouldn't critisise (unless the band can't play it). How many times have you heard a band play a passage alot quicker or slower than marked.... and then seen the same band go on to win, in my mind it is this that judges should be penalising and certainly not rewarding, just because you can play a hard bit faster than marked doesn't mean you should. As I said at the beginning of this thread, this isn't sour grapes, as we know we didn't play well enough to win, but if we are to be critisised, let it be for the bits we got wrong, and not the bits we got right. these are my views and not the opinions of my band.