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Re: Just a Question for Debate
As a well seasoned older director I do wish younger directors would return to good solid "band" ensemble sounds. I grew up in west Texas and always enjoyed the big full sounds of bands like Barry Hurt's Plainview bands. It seems that most contests I attend these days are more theatre productions with very few moments of of full ensemble sounds. And those moments are usually poorly balanced and thin by comparison to the synthesizer and pit percussion sounds. I realize that many programs are becoming smaller for whatever reasons but so many of the kids in the bands are not involved with wind instruments any more. I appreciate the visual elements in a contemporary performance but I miss the nice big band sounds of yore. Sorry Barry, your time has past.