Despite having asked several people over the years I have been involved in banding, I've never really got a definitive answer to this! Is it simply that you go to the one that is closest? Are there boundaries drawn and you are told by a central organisation (which one?) which area contest you go to? Do bands on borderlines get a choice which area contest to compete in? Does it depend on which local band association you are a member of or can bands simply pick which area contest they go and most simply choose to go to the nearest one (wind bands can pick which 'area' contest/ festival they attend!)? Could a band from (eg) Devon go and compete in (eg) the Scottish areas if they had a mind to (maybe because they had a better chance of doing well!)? Going back to the 'boundaries' (if there are any!), who decides them and when were they last revised? Looking at the number of bands competing in different areas, perhaps it's time they were redrawn (e.g. approx 20 bands in NW/ Midlands/ London 4th section and about 10 in the North/ Scotland/ Wales) or some of the big/ well supported areas were made into 2 smaller ones? Sorry - too many questions for one post really (especially as it's my first one on TMP!) but if someone can give me some answers (or tell me where to find them), I'd be really grateful! Thanks!