For some, band camp has concluded and the school year is underway; for others, camp is in full swing, complete with marching and maneuvering basics, sectional rehearsals, and color guard catches. The tail end of summer is an intense time for marching ensembles, a time that sometimes finds parents and new marching students a bit surprised by the level of commitment asked of them. There are compelling reasons, however, to put aside other activities until November (or so) and make room for the full-time commitment marching band requires.
“I love the J.W. Pepper!” – quite possibly the best testimonial we have had the pleasure of receiving from a customer – or perhaps future customer. This was only one of many wonderful things Eddie from Godfrey Elementary School in Wyoming, Michigan had to say about J.W. Pepper in a letter he wrote to us shortly after being crowned the winner of our Music in Our Schools Month coloring contest and receiving his prize – a box of music games for his school.
It is September 2012. Most of us have enjoyed a host of summertime fun — picnics, barbecues, memorable vacations with family or friends. Now, teachers and students alike are facing the fall season and schools across the country are back in session, bustling with a plethora of academic activities.
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!”