G,daye tmers As many of the regulars probably already know, i mainly play cornet with a little bit of trumpet. Over the next month it is the UK Brass Band championships and all the budding British Banders will be practicing their proverbial BUM off to get the best possible result. Over the next week alone my band will be doing about 10 hours of rehearsal on the one test piece. My question to you (from all the banding cornet players on this site) is, what way do you practice to ensure precision during a one time only, high pressured, and technically/musically stretching situation? To ensure no smart a** answers, i want strategies; not stating the bloomin obvious "lots of practice" answer. Afterall, lots of practice without intelligence could in affect make things worse. Currently, I am aiming towards playing the entire piece pp one/two metronome marks faster than what is written (of course with a metronome). kind regards B.U.M.