School of Music
Doctor of Music Education (DME)
Recruitment, Retention, Marching, Band, Division One, Instrumentalist
Education | Music
Yopp, Michael G., "Systematic Approach to Recruiting and Retention of Instrumental Students in Division One University Marching Band" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3354.
This study examines recruitment and retention in Division One (D1) university marching bands, while understanding high school and university directors’ perspectives and impact on student choice. This project surveyed university band directors, seeking commonalities for recruiting and retention of instrumental students. Based on the results, universities will have better strategies on what, how, and why recruitment and retention issues should be addressed. Student enrollment is important to the well-being, development, and continuity of marching band programs. They may result in better recruitment and retention for other university ensembles, applied studios, the music department, and the university enrollment overall. This study may highlight what students need to be successful university students through participation in the university marching band.