What a neat discussion. If you'd ask any old timer what he/she thought of band music, they say, Great. Thats when the United States was still a country composed of individuals. Notice how band leaders would point to a player and he/she would do a prolonged solo. Horns, strings, drums, whatever. Chick Webb, Glenn Miller, random members of the band. Tommy Dorsey would actually make his horn sing. You don't see that anymore.