I have to agree as well. Orchestral transcriptions, no matter how skillfully arranged, never quite capture the colours, moods and timbres in the originals. This is not to say they shouldn't be played, but only used as test pieces sparingly. There are some down the years that have turned into regular band concert items with great success (Carnival Romain, The Corsair, etc.). I think they have been picked for the majors in recent years in the mistaken believe that they will bring audiences flocking back to the Open and the Nationals in their droves, filling the hall for every band. This simply isn't the case. Those who wish to hear top bands playing the same piece 20 times will go. Those who just want to hear decent bands, will just go to concerts in there area and listen to a variety of music, where there aren't any people in the audience there to hear split notes and hiss, there is no controversy, no men in the box to get it "wrong" and no huge expense of travelling to the contest. I know my parents enjoy bands, and came to all my first outings in all the majors. This was purely because I was playing, and they have not been since, but they are quite happy to go to a concert. I don't think the survival of the banding movement lies in contests to be honest!