As I have been doing my planning for the spring over my break I keep remembering some words of a successful band director I spoke to a few weeks ago about the march I'm considering. So you know the march is National Emblem. I think it will fit the band I teach very well and the kids will be able to be successful at it. But the successful director said "I wouldn't do that march unless you can do it to the level that you hear on most recordings; you'll be judged compared to that."
For those of you who have played well-known pieces such as National Emblem (think Holst, Grainger, etc), do you feel that this assessment rings true? Do you think that we'd be held to a higher standard given the march is played regularly and successfully? Or is this person who said this to me incorrect?