Marching Band

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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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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New Musicians Performance Pain Symptom Monitor

Athletes and the Arts in collaboration with PAMA (Performing Arts Medicine Association), and New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic & Assistance Foundation have developed a new tool to monitor musicians performance pain.  Musicians are strongly encouraged to complete this form to aid in their care.
Performance Pain Symptom Monitor

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Educating Today’s Musicians to Keep them Healthy and Active

Musicians are catching up to the athletes in recognizing the importance of educating themselves on the broad topics of health and wellness. Until more recently, musicians were likely to ignore or deny any medical problems they were experiencing, whether psychological or physiological, playing through pain until they could no longer continue. MTNA has taken a pioneering role in embracing the vital topic of musician wellness. Meeting the need for access to wellness information, MTNA has introduced a number of significant …

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POSTER – Injury Risk in a Collegiate Marching Band – Melissa Hatheway, University of North Texas

POSTER – Injury Risk in a Collegiate Marching Band – Melissa Hatheway, University of North Texas

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Tips to Keep Marching Bands Healthy and Hydrated on The Field

With the beat of a drum, the blow of a whistle, and the blare of the brass section, marching bands across the country are practicing formations and new musical routines in anticipation of the start of school year. Recognizing the unique needs of these performers, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) has issued timely guidelines to ensure safety on the field and in the parade line.
“Marching band members, just like athletes, need to be well conditioned and prepared for …

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