As many of you know, for many years I've been an advocate of improving the way we judge music competitions, especially brass band contests and solo competitions. Over the last 6 or 7 years we have seen some competitions upgrade/modernise their marking systems, in Europe and USA particularly. I'm delighted that both Iwan Fox, www.4barsrest.com and Kenny CrookstonKGCMedia and editor/owner of The British Bandsman are working with me to trial this system below, with the support of the audience, at next weekend's British Open Brass Band Contest at Symphony Hall, Birmingham.
At the British Open I'll be working with 4Barsrest, uploading my marks live, so you can compare your own marks! I'll also be tweeting general comments for Brass Band World Magazine...busy day!
Here we have three images of the full system under trial. If you're going to the Open please feel free to download and print. You can also download these as pdfs from
I hope some of you in the audience will participate in this. This system will have it's critics, of course. But it's only by trial, debate and analysis can we move forwards.
This was also the topic of discussion in No.2 of the excellent new series of Brass Band Podcasts, created by KGC Media in conjunction with The British Bandsman. http://brassbandpodcast.podbean.com/