I do hope that the Adjudicators at this years round of Area Contests intend to take their responsibilities seriously and grade EVERY band that comes under their scrutiny into the appropiate position according to it's ability in relation to the other competitors. A casual attitude towards the lower placings can have a devastating effect where gradings are concerned. The difference between a 7th and a 9th placing can be crucial. These days, the Adjudicator must be aware that he/she is not just employed to pick the bands that qualify for the National Finals - the job now is to grade EVERY band in that section as to its relative ability on that piece on that day. They had it easy in the old days, pick the top three and that was it ! - You have to earn your "Brass" these days lads !!!