The most difficult grade in Brass Band Music – regarded by some as "professional level" , but certainly Associated Board Grade 8 plus.

Writing at this level, composers expect all instrumentalists to be able to play the full instrumental range with ease, ( from pedal register to top register) and cope with all advanced techniques required on their instrument, such as double and triple tonguing. Any player in the band can reasonably expect to be featured as a soloist at this level.

Percussion writing – in pieces which have been written in the past two decades ( i.e. since 1990 ), the percussion will normally include some or all of the following : ( composers expect to have a minimum of three players available ).