On paper, on the contest stage is something quite different..sounds a bit like some people want a nice little elite contest for the 'top' bands and the rest can put up with massive sections.
If there are only 40 'genuine' championship section bands in the country, how many 'genuine' 1st section bands are there, et , etc.?
The top section in each area is already restricted to 12 (I think), so if you are one of the best 12 bands in your area then you are a 'genuine' championship section band.
Too trueIn my opinion there are too many bands that are playing in the championship section that are not of that standard
Dyke'll love that...Should also have to attend your local association contest to be able to compete at the Regionals.
I agree with the OP, there are too many bands of true 'top section' quality in the top section. If you look down the listings, the Yorkshire area has 8/9 bands of that quality. All the other areas don't have that many. It's often questioned on here why an audience can't be attracted to a contest. It's probably because Joe Public isn't interested in listening to murder.