I have been a mason for 10 years and if anyone wants to look up my contest record as a conductor you will see loads of **** results and no favouritism at all (even when I conducted at contests in full regalia to help the bands cause). However if my bands results now dramatically improve in the next 12 months there might be something in it !! N.B. Please note my band Spennymoor got best performed march at the DLI contest a full 32 hours before this post and I wore a cream jacket and no apron.