How many more pieces do we need?
Realistically - about a hundred! My solution:
Purge any piece off the Grade 1 list that hasn't been played in 3 or more years. Drop it off the list completely. See what's left.
I bet the Grade 1 list would go from 163 pieces down to about 80-90 pieces - and THAT is where the problem lies. There's only about 80 realistically accessible selections for all of CCC NV, CC, C, A, AA, AAA, AAAA NV, and AAAAA NV bands. This is about 80% of the band students in Texas each year. Each of those classifications is required to play off the same Grade 1 list - even if many exceed the requirements.