Something for disscussion! Although I just want to say before I carry on that this isn't directed at any particular piece, or any particular arranger or is meant to offend anyone and I have good friends who do these arrangements.
What do people actually think of shall we say pop songs (you should know what I mean) arranged for brass band? Personally I think they sound cheesy nearly all of the time. Also, the fact that most of them don't have a good tune, with many repeated notes, makes them sound abit naff really when played by a brass band. They work as songs, because they have lyrics which you can take in and different syllables have different sounds.
I can see why arrangers would rather arrange popular music than classical music, as (for the majority of the time) I would imagine there's more leeway in what you can do with the music and it is much simpler to do!
Are these just my opinions? Are they shared widely? Can it be said that they are wrong or not so good musically? Can anything be wrong or not so good musically?...........