While funding is always a problem, I believe the issue goes even deeper. There are not as many kids interested in band as there used to be. Recruiting kids into band is difficult. With the advent of the Beatles etc., music interests moved from brass and woodwind to guitar. The interest is just not there, even if there is a band director program. Most band programs could handle far more players without adding staff. That said, the upper elementary introductory band programs are becoming few and far between. I started trumpet in 5th grade. My son did not have the opportunity until 7th grade.