This is how band contest works: 27 brass bands (there are 58 in NZ but some of these are from places like Gore and are comprised of three tuba players and a sheep) go to nationals, which are held annually in a randomly selected, majorish NZ city. The bands are divided into groups according to quality; your band is either A, B, C, or D grade. Mine is A grade. Naturally.
Each grade is assigned a major work and all the bands in that grade play it; each band also presents a hymn (although in this politically sensitive day and age this is referred to as the 'reflective item') and a major work of their own choice. Points are tallied, winner is announced, everyone gets very drunk and then it is all over for another year! I love contest. I am a huge band geek. Please, hold your American Pie jokes.
and sounds like a whole lot of bands following one another down the street playing different pieces of music at once i.e. majestic.
In my old band the marching was considered a resounding success if no-one fell over or ran into anyone else but this band is more serious and so we keep having marching practices in the rain. Also we have to learn the music off by heart and should there really be an ad for a funeral home on during True Blood? Huh. More on band later.
Also, don't forget to win a piñata.