The best I have heard has to be John Fletcher.
In the SA banding world at the moment I don't think there are many if any that are better than Paul Drury. He is a great section leader as well as being fine soloist.
Best live contest performances for me were by Black Dyke at the European championships at Falkirk in 1990 when they played The Essence of Time in the morning and Harmony Music in the afternoon and were awrded 99 points for each!!
I too have found this to be a very interesting thread.
The postings from some of the former SA bandsmen have been both encouraging and challenging.
As a SA BM I find myself constantly questioning what is the function of SA bands and are they as relevant today as they have been throughout...
In no particular order:
The Lord is King
My comfort and strength
Toccata Oh the blessed Lord
Symphony of thanksgiving
Shine as the Light
King of Kings
I could go on but better not!!!