When I was in an Army Band in Germany, I had the opportunity to spend time with a German Army Band. They had a conductor who could do more with marches than any body else that I have ever met. His conducting and enthusiasm about the genre was contagious. His conducting of the wind band was so descriptive that we called it "airbrushing"! When I guest conduct the wind band here where I live, I always start with a march that everybody thinks that they can play by memory - we then transform it into REAL music (I pass out pencils before starting rehearsals....). This is the fastest way that I know to get the band to follow my stick! Marches can be a real problem if they are halfheartedly presented. The constant diet in the military bands can cause this VERY quickly if the conductor is not turned on. Do any of you have interesting stories about this type of music?