So much news for this year's US Open. First of all is anybody making the flight to Chicagoland for the event? What do you all things of this year's additions? 1) The agreement with Brass in Concert so that the winner gets a automatic invite. 2) Buffet Crampon's sponsorship of Best Featured Soloist with the winner getting a new instrument (meaning baritone player may walk away with a new baritone, a tuba player may walk away with a new tuba, etc...) 3) It's also exciting to see two new bands (Madison and Ohio) making their debut as both have some fine players. I still can't see anybody cracking the top two of Central Florida and Fountain City, but you never know.