I started this rant in another thread but it's such a big subject I thought it needed a thread of it's own. I talk specifically about Scotland as that's the region I am most familiar with. Perhaps other tMP'ers from other regionjs could add their views too. Excuse the grammar as I've just cribbed it from my earlier post. What really needs looking at is a fairer way to determine a bands grading than the present method. What I would like to see is grading determined by performances at three contests in any given year. I would like to see a new Scottish Championship contest and to keep the existing regional qualifier as a separate contest. These two results could be used along with that from the bands own area association contest to determine grading. In this way the bands have three chances with three different adjudicators and a variety of test pieces or an entertainment programme. Doing this might go some way to a fairer system and it would also ensure support for area association contests as bands would know that their grading was at stake.