Quote Originally Posted by rowuk View Post
Maybe the problem is the band leaders that push the volume of the ensembles that you listen to - just shy of crap?
I think that this is probably pretty close to the truth.

I recently watched some YouTube vids of a HS marching band and was seriously not impressed by the sound quality coming from the band. I don't know if this was what the director was shooting for, but it boiled down to the kids blowing their brains out in an effort to be loud, but there wasn't a lot of control over it and it sounded like a lot of kids were pushing well beyond their volume limit.

It's kind of interesting but a tight brass band playing with good sound and playing in tune can sound huge next to a band that might be playing the same actual volume, but doesn't have their intonation intact and doesn't have good sound or control over their instrument - sort of an actual volume vs perceived volume kind of thing.