How has the evolution of marching band in the Southeastern United states effected bands and their programs? This study investigates the many factors of marching band by gathering data in the form of interviews. The participants within this study are three band directors that are retired from high schools with a consistent record of superior ratings in marching band; the directors represent different levels of teaching from middle school, high school, and community college. After artifacts were compiled, the gathered information was transcribed, documented, and coded for common themes. The common themes explored the evolutionary factors of band between the 1980s to present day. Conclusions determined how this evolution effected band programs in a specific region of the Southeastern United States in the areas of show type, external demands, and adjudication criterion. This study determined three different show types as: stock shows, theme shows, and conceptual shows. Each show type has specific characteristics that increase demand on students and directors through financial commitment and involvement as well as a change in adjudication criterion with the adoption of caption style judging.
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Department of Music
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marching band, music, band, music education
Murphree, Addison. "THE METAMORPHOSIS OF MARCHING BAND: A CASE STUDY EXPLORING THE EVOLUTION OF MARCHING BANDS FROM A SPECIFIC STATE IN THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES." (2020). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/mus_etds/48