Performance Types

More Than Just Marching Band

Every summer, hundreds, ages 15–21, join to compete in a unique activity that combines musical, mental, and physical skill, in an activity that usually isn’t considered a sport—drum corps.
For those who have marched in a corps or are veteran fans of the activity, trying to explain exactly what drum corps is isn’t an easy task. For those who are unfamiliar with the competition, it’s best described as professional marching band.
From May to August each year, band and color …

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BMI Changes among Marching Artists – A Longitudinal Study

According to the most recent epidemiological data collected by the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 35.7% of US adults and 18.4% of US adolescents (aged 12–19) are classified as obese (BMI≥30). Obesity among young adults in the US has been and continues to be a serious medical problem. Previous research suggests that most college students are not meeting dietary and physical activity guidelines, which contributes greatly to this problem.
Read full article (printed in the December 2013 …

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A Fitness Swimmer in Four Movements

This challenge is not about time or victory; instead, it seeks timelessness and beauty. It’s about creating music, but it shares many parallels with swimming. Musicians and other performing artists know the feeling of stepping up, being exposed in front of a waiting crowd, and diving in.
Yet for classical pianist Jeeyoon Kim, who is comfortable on stage but not on the blocks, there was no dive. She showed up at the 2013 Spring Nationals without having practiced that part.
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Health and Wellness a part of Texas K-12 Music Teachers Competency Exam

Melissa Hatheway, B.M.E. July 2014

In many states across the country, marching band can serve as a substitute for traditional physical education courses. These ensemble-based classes are taught by band directors, who are certified to teach K-12 Music. However, these teachers are not certified in physical education, despite being in charge of a class that provides students with P.E. credit. This disparity can also be seen within the K-12 Music teacher certification tests, which do not provide the public …

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Land Like a Dancer

Watch this video recommended by one of our readers.

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Video – Velocity Dance Convention: Sleep

VDC sleep from Steven Karageanes on Vimeo.
Velocity Dance Convention brings health and wellness to their dancers! In this segment, dance professionals Alex Little and Whitney Bezzant talk about dancers can improve the quality and quantity of sleep, with help from friends Autumn Miller and Shawn O’Malley.

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Video – Velocity Dance Convention: Performance

VDC performance from Steven Karageanes on Vimeo.
Velocity Dance Convention brings you another health and wellness segment to help keep their dancers happy and healthy. In this video, professional dancers Kathryn McCormick, Jennifer Hamilton, Sarah Draugelis, Alex Little, and Whitney Bezzant talk about how to improve performance, with a little help from Autumn Miller and Shawn O’Malley.

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Video – Velocity Dance Convention: Nutrition

VDC nutrition from Steven Karageanes on Vimeo.
Velocity Dance Convention presents health and wellness for dancers. In this segment, Kathryn McCormick and Whitney Bezzant discuss the importance of good nutrition for dancers of all ages, with a little help from Autumn Miller and Shawn O’Malley.

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