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Unseen Music

October 14, 2011

I am an unapologetic Buckeye,  born and raised in Ohio — and when I bleed, I bleed scarlet and grey.  So, like thousands of other fans across the country, on January 1, 2010, I was watching the Rose Parade taking place in Pasadena, California in anticipation of the Rose Bowl, where the Ohio State University “Bucks” would soon be the champions.

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How I Got Started In Marching Band

July 13, 2011

Looking back on my childhood  I realize how, in some form or fashion, music has always been an integral part of my life.   As things ramp up for the marching band season, I began thinking about how people get involved in the world of marching, so I asked a few Pepper colleagues how they got involved in marching band.

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The Stars and Stripes Forever

July 3, 2011

Music is a natural accompaniment to enjoying the summer’s bounty of good food, good times and patriotic celebrations.  Watch how some New England band members expressed their patriotism as they offered their community a musical wish for a happy Independence Day.

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Play Music, Age Well

June 10, 2011

There has been much research done on the cognitive benefits of musical activity during childhood;  a recent study conducted by the University of Kansas analyzes whether or not these benefits carry over into adulthood.  While more research is needed, the findings thus far are quite fascinating.

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Audience inCHOIRing

April 21, 2011

Have you ever attended a musical or choral event and thought, “Wow, I wish I could do that”?  Perhaps you felt so inspired after witnessing a performance and for a split second you thought, “I’m going to march right up on stage and join in on the fun!”

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Creativity: Your Brain on Improv

January 20, 2011

I know what you’re thinking.  How can one scientifically analyze a concept that, by its very nature, is capricious and unpredictable?  Dr. Charles Limb, a faculty member of the Peabody Conservatory of Music, has done a fascinating study on the activity of the brain when engaged in a musical activity.

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Can You Bring Generations Together?

December 6, 2010

The homecoming celebration for Wheeling High School in Wheeling, Illinois had a special event attached this year. As part of the festivities, invitations were issued to all previous members of the bands throughout the years — not an easy task considering all the band students that attended Wheeling High School  since 1964!

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