Hags, I am well aware that a commercial venture targets an audience. Does that excuse not getting technically/musically close as in this example? I don't think so. The performance would have been MORE spectacular when within the achievable playing boundaries. Every one of Synergies members is a player far beyond the capabilities of 99.xxx% of their audience. They are surely in the top couple of % of what is worldwide available. My point is that that can and should also apply to the performances. Surely they are capable of an equal measure of excitement when backing off of the gas pedal. No, for me a live performance is not kick boxing match where a technical K.O. means that you win. That is not "old school". Synergy will not lose one booking by keeping the Procession of Nobles (or any other piece) FULLY within their technical capabilities. Then we all win. Why not? 80-90% is not cool when you are among the best there is. I know how grueling the road can be. I did that for a long time too. I do not dismiss commercialized music as long as there is at least some comittment to the composer and basic musical taste. Some fine examples would be German Brass, Mnozil, Maurice André or if we leave the brass world: The Kings Singers, Chanticleer, The Real Group or some "old school" examples like Philip Jones, Manhattan Transfer, or the Swingle Singers. I do not see the necessity to separate technical prowess and clean, exciting and musical, substantial and entertaining. It is not an arguement whether the genre is valid, it is a discussion how far out of control is acceptable. I have never been to a Synergy concert. I became aware of the group maybe a year ago and have seen no European tours. I will admit that I normally buy a couple of CDs before visiting brass happenings. At the price of tickets these days it hurts to walk out in the middle of a concert. YouTube offers us often an even more "candid" picture of what real life could be about. That more or less explains my disappointment. Nope, I think that every professional can measure themselves by their ability to stay in control of the situation. Realistically, that YouTube posting should have been a wakeup call - not a supposed living the dream. Sorry, commercial success will never be a measure of quality or artistic satisfaction.