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 guard members ...

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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.

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Tim Lightfoot – Rockin Physiology – ACSM Presentation – May 31, 2014

Rockin’ Physiology is an exploration of the physical and mental stresses associated with performing musicians.   This very creative Presidential Lecture from the 2014 American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) annual meeting finds that playing music can induce moderate to heavy physiological stress, especially during public performances.
Tim Lightfoot, PhD, FACSM  Director, Huffhines Institute for Sports Medicine and Human Performance, Texas A&M University
Posted with permission of the speaker and ACSM, Sept 2014.

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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 school ...

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