I see your point. The only thing I want to say again, is we don't need to remove pieces from the list. if something isn't being played much, you never know; some band may play it one day. I once played a piece on the list that, "no one ever plays" and we got straight 1's. It happen to fit the needs of my band. My woodwinds wanted to be challenged but I had limited percussion and I needed to take it easy on the brass and this piece fit the bill. If we MUST remove pieces (though I don't see the need for removal of anything) let's remove pieces that are POP. If the publisher doesn't think enough of their own works to keep them in print, then maybe they should no longer be on a state list.
Every time people ask for the committee to be expanded or made more diverse, the current committee membership (and the UIL powers that be) veto the request.
Every year, every spring, there is a motion to ask the PML committee to include a member of every classification. It never happens because "it would make the committee too big."
Create a special, one-time committee made up solely of members of BDs from 1A, 2A, 3A, C, CC, and non varsity band directors. Have them put together a list of revisions for the Grade 1 list. Do the same with 2A, 3A, 4A, CC, CCC, and NV band directors for the Grade 2 list.
Each committee should remove pieces that are not being performed (if they truly are never being performed - they can research) and then find up to fifty quality pieces that should be added into the PML, possibly by examining equivalent lists from other states.
(Once we're done with this, those same committees could break up into S&E committees and do the same thing to the Grade 3 lists too, but that's a whole other argument)
The bottom of the PML needs a complete overhaul. Until UIL does this, we'll be in the same boat.
Then there in lies the problem. We need to either start making the committee more diverse or we need to just decide that if something is on the UIL list it stays on, period. With everything being online there is no excuse to remove anything. Want to add pieces, even weird ones that don't work well for the average band? Fine. Just leave the other pieces on the list and leave it alone.
I agree, but you are addressing the wrong folks. "Overplayed" is an expressed reason by the committee for removing pieces.
I'm on the active list. I don't care how many times or how many bands per contest play the same piece. You are not there to entertain me. You are there to present the best in your band and get an evaluation from me. It is silly to say something is "overplayed."