If these programs and communities can raise this kind of money to support the arts, let them! That is why Texas leads the world in Band! Leave it alone!
By the way, I teach at a school that does NOT have a ton of money or staff. We do not win big competitions (yet), and money does definitely factor into that. But at the end of the day, it is not all about winning. It is about teaching music to kids who want to learn music and helping them to strengthen their character and citizenship. That is a win in my book!
Leave the system alone and enjoy the phenomenal things that fine Americans (and Texans) can accomplish through the freedoms we enjoy. Rant over!
Across the state, heck even within the bounds of a region, it is clearly evident that there is discrepancy among marching band programs regarding financing the end product. Is it time that directors and schools disclose how much money went to designers, props, special uniforms, special hats, music arrangers, professional drill-writers, contracted marching and front ensemble techs who aren't on staff, guard weapons, electronics, and such?
Dare I say that there should be a CAP on such expenses? (It's just increasing the equity gap.)