October 22, 2019
For many Americans, the marching band drumline is the sound of fall – mixed with colliding helmets and crowds cheering. The marching band, and specifically the drumline, bring an energy, school spirit, and game mood to the college football experience. We are talking today about the college drumline and its integral role in football game spirit.
Our guest today is University of North Texas Director of Athletic Bands Professor Daniel Cook, and we feature UNT’s highly ranked Green Brigade Marching Band.
Daniel recommends augmenting your musical experience by taking a moment to understand the context of the repertoire you’re listening to – whether at a college game day or at a concert (classical, rock, etc.). Take a few moments to read the program or Google the repertoire, composer, and context of the piece (when and why it was written).
- You’ll also find the Green Brigade on Instagram and Twitter
Daniel shares a Green Brigade street beat: what you might hear as students march around the stadium prior to the game.
A special thank-you goes to listener, Keri, who left this message on the website: “Good morning Mindy, thanks for the podcast. Your listener a few weeks ago that mentioned the toothbrush song resonated with me. We have a little one who dislikes her teeth being brushed. We have a fun little song we sing over and over and she’s catching on that toothbrushing isn’t so bad. She’s speech delayed and is even starting to try and sing the song with me. Learning more and more how important music is as we see the ability to connect over music with our children daily in silly and serious ways.” Love hearing this (and I also loved that Listener Improv!)! Parenting is such an important — and challenging — job. It’s always encouraging to hear of little ways to make the experience more successful and enjoyable. Thank so much for posting, Keri! I love hearing from listeners! Send me your Listener Improv, like Keri, by sharing a practical way you use music to enhance YOUR life — or sharing how you especially enjoyed someone else’s suggestion. Leave a comment below, comment on social media (I’m on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn), or in an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).