In recent years, we have witnessed a decline in the number of contests available to enter, in the wider Birmingham area. Gone are the; West Midlands Police entertainment contest, the Dudley Zoo entertainment contest, WMBBA entertainment contest, WMBBA open contest, WMBBA solo/quartet contest, etc. Observing the success of contests in neighbouring counties (particularly Derbyshire/Leicestershire), I wonder if we are witnessing the final throes of life to the West Midlands contesting scene? Other than the Area contest held in Bedworth, and the British Open (both Nationally generated), we have nothing to offer local bands, or the wider Brass Band community, in terms of West Midlands contesting. It is a very sad situation, which local bands need to address. Is it financial, or does the blame lie elsewhere? (Is it apathy that has allowed some regionally and nationally recognised events to cease to exist?) What ever the reasons for the present state of affairs, we need our bands to work together (maybe through the local Association?) to remedy the situation before it is too late. From being a once proud, active area, we are now almost defunct as a contesting region. Shameful.