Is it just my band, or do players in general become more accident prone the week before the Area Contest? Over the years I've had to contend with a Bass Player falling off his horse and breaking his wrist the night before the contest. A Bass Trombone player writing off his car by rolling it a couple of times and crashing through a hedge - three days before the contest. A Cornet player having to walk on stage supported by crutches due to a fractured ankle and to cap it all at our last rehearsal our 2nd Trombone player took a nasly tumble outside the bandroom. Fortunately it was only his pride that was hurt. These are on top of the usual bout of cold sores, mouth ulcers and colds that seem to attack my players in the run up to the contest. There's still a couple of weeks to go and I'm now dreading the phone call which starts . . . . "I've got some good news and bad news"! Is it just my band or do you have any stories you can share.