I like a lot the winds, its motifs and sound quality, and the spanish character is elegant and enigmatical. Maybe the drum needs an additional treatment in order to sound more martial, but i think the problem is the sampling itself. The progressions are very interesting too, sometimes conservative and sometimes more modern. Good work!.
Thanks for listening, Victor.
My original work was not martial in nature, but this does seem to gravitate in that direction. I still can't figure out the Finale/Garritan snare sound. Every note is a roll-I gave each note a staccato marking to lessen the roll.
As for the snare issue, it just needs volume editing on each note, I'm not sure if this is something you can do with Finale or not, but with a sequencer you would simply open the piano roll and draw "hills" for the snare giving it the crescendo/decrescendo dynamic that you are after using CC values. This way you could blend it in and get the feel you are after.
This seems to work quite nicely for the winds, Gary.
On the percussion, I think I might consider leaving
the snare out entirely... it sounds almost afterthought,
to me, and does not add to the piece -- inconsistent,
to my mind, with the overall tenor of it, in fact.