Yes really. My high school had a great program. Not because we were the most talented as individuals but because we worked our tails off as a group. We gave up our summers for 8 hour marching band practices. Through the course of the regular school year we reheased after school in addition to our class time rehearsals to get ready for concert season. We were always performance ready and enjoyed our performances as a result. One season our percussion section left the music for our concert program at the school when went to a concert band festival. Our group still got the highest ratings possible with the percussion guys playing from memory. Work makes up for lack of talent over the long haul.