Just my two pence worth, but it'd be great if we could all remain civil to each other when we have differences of opinion, much greater chance of progress being made. I know passions and emotions are high but aren't we all wanting to see the number of people wishing to play in a brass band go up?
Well put. what we need is an organisation which doesn't have any involvement with contests and is able to help with the day to day problems of banding ( getting youngsters into playing, increasing audiences, help sourcing rehearsal rooms, etc ). Why are we so hung up on contetsing? we are musicians and should be concentrating on making music. I enjoy the challenge which contesting represents but I'd far rather play a concert to a sell out audience any day.
Get a grip folks there are more important things we should be worrying about.