I just thought I'd raise the question about how to act or go about playing on the contest stage. Do conductors tell the band to go on stage to win or to go on stage and enjoy themselves and do thier jobs as performers and not as a competing band? I think one of the problems about contesting is much of the 'audience' are other bandsman out to check the band out or critic how the band played. I would love to see contesting changed, personally. I think it should be a concert-type contest. Concerts usually bring in a good number of ordinary listeners who care nothing but to hear good live music. This is what I believe live performing is about. These 'concerts' could be adjudicated and we could still have our 'league' system, but perhaps the focus should be brought to have a good days live performing. Which way do you sway, or do you think we should do something even more radical??? Please comment and don't be afraid to speak your mind, if you really feel contesting should be changed to a more concert-orientated platform, tells us, or indeed if you like the way things are, tell us!