agreed.Who could really match them???? hmmmmm.... let me think, at least 8 bands of the top of my head without really thinking about it.
Don't you think the top top bands have a pool of very talented players? Fantastic facilities/more rehearsals are ok but without the fantastic players it don't make a great band!!!
The word 'professional' doesn't mean 'better'.
I don't think a military band would have the same strength in depth, or be as settled as a band as most of the current top outfits.