Quite a poor turn out again. I know that the championship bands don't like the fact that this event no longer counts towards the "Champion Band of Wales" title but where were all the lower section bands?
Great having a chat with you at the bar Mr Jessop Smythe (I played solo cornet with Rogerstone), but, I have to disagree with the point you make! There were nine second section bands at Treorchy and the other lower sections were an improvement as well. Lets hope that that turn continues and that more Championship bands can be persuaded to make the trip next year, alhough with only £150 on offer something has to be done!!
Yes, the turn out wasn't great was it. Have been looking at a few facts and the turn out in the Third Section was poor, although its good to see Newport contesting again. The Fourth Section was better and it is good to see two Youth bands in the mix. The Second Section wss much better with the added bonus of Raunds coming 4th I think. Perhaps if the contests were made more lucrative more English bands may make the journey, however, at the moment we seem to have a problem motivating Welsh bands to go! When was the last time the prize money ws changed?
If the prize money was the carrot to get the Bands to Treorchi,Or any other competition £150 would have meant walking from half way up the A465.and up to the top of the Rhondda Valley :shock:
As far as i can see the prize money has only ever been a token, if the idea of increasing it would be to attract more bands who would you get to provide it, when a number of "exclusive" bands benefit from large sponsorship deals. The grass roots bands yo-yo between 1st and Championship section, as they simpley can not afford to compete on the same financial plane.
Politics aside well done to all on Saturday, good choices of test pieces, very listenable from a rookie point of view.