As a matter of interest. Who is "The Panel"? Isn't it about time bands decided for themselves what to play at major contests via a vote or at least a short list to choose from. It would help get rid of this Overture fascination, The same old names getting commissions, squeaky music, using pieces previously commissioned and played by the same old two or three bands, Stupidly hard pieces for the lower sections. Just a thought.......
I do agree with you Toby, but in saying that you've condemned virtually every piece chosen for all contests in the last 10 years
Trouble is with taking a vote, bands will just choose their favourite piece/composer. There will be no room for new talent to come through. If it were up to some, the top section would be playing Pagannini every year, with the occasional Journey into Freedom.