School of Music


Doctor of Music Education (DME)


Jerry L. Newman


music, marching band


Music | Music Education


There is a need for new and innovative marching band techniques in the music field, and most band directors have limited capacity to instill these concepts. Texts from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s concentrated primarily on these concepts and techniques. Gradually, a comprehensive show concept became standard practice. Examination of the existing literature does not reveal a need for more research. Still, some literature demonstrates a need for new and innovative band techniques for marching band, particularly in band pageantry. Although these materials help create a foundation for marching band concepts and have proven effective. They are dated and do not provide a current vision of innovation while creating current trends. This thesis aims to highlight current trends and content in marching band concepts utilized in Predominantly White Institutions (PWI) and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Specifically, this research is intended to be a valuable resource for band directors to develop their pedagogy while building their music programs or continuing their current structure. It is not a complete description or meant to propose the best strategy. This research has stressed several viable and successful drill and show design concepts already in use and numerous approaches to technique, pedagogy, and a combined interpretation from previous text to existing text for band directors or show designers to use. The writer will use a historical research design method to create this resource while raising awareness about various student groups and marching band pedagogy.