Just wondered what people's opinions are on the use of percussion in contemporary band arrangements? I for one am slightly frustrated when we wish to play new music but find ourselves hampered because we don't have vibraphones, xylophones and so on, nor 3 players to play them. I have had to reject a few pieces from one of our soloists simply because it needed so much percussion that was essential to the music. I said to him, rather over the top, to try and pick music that didn't require 2 vibraphones and a marimba, but you understand my frustration. I don't mean test pieces or large scale works - they are fair game, but pieces which are aimed at the lower sections or are solos. Percussion is fantastic at adding colour but when it becomes an essential part of the sort of new music which is aimed to a lower section band, the pieces lose so much by not having them go in. A recent CD did the rounds from a music publisher and I listened with a band colleague to the music and everyone required a sizeable percussion section. At your average park job or small concert, you just don't have the room to take all the gear with you nor can most bands afford it all. I think it boils down to two questions: a) should modern BB music aimed at lower sections be so demanding in the percussion requirements and b) is the copious use of percussion the results of arrangers i) making full use of the palette of colours available or ii) using percussion as a cop-out when they can't think of interesting ways of scoring it for the brass? What do people think?