A lot has been written lately about these Japanese super bands. These are middle schoolers! Some say they practice too much. I admit, a problem I wouldn't mind having.
I know there are communities here in the USA where expectations are high as well. You will do band, you will practice, and you will achieve at the highest level. I grew up in one of those communities. Building that culture is hard.
I see great, great progress from my elementary groups. I am so hoping that they keep that energy going at the middle school. It is a long three years before I see them again at the high school. I am thinking about forming a district "all-star" band to help bridge that gap.