In an earlier blog, we introduced you to the Ohio State School for the Blind Marching Panthers. In some ways, they are just like any other marching band.
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.
Music exists within us all. You don’t have to play cello in the symphony, sing tenor in the choir, or shred a mean guitar in a metal band in order to find it.
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.
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.
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.
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!”
In honor of Music in Our Schools Month, and to continue our efforts to raise awareness of the importance of music education, Pepper would like to share this video.
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.
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!