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Marching band makes big splash with little fans

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

From drums and xylophones to cymbals and gongs, the children at Mercy Center of the Arts got up close and personal today with musical instruments that make up a marching band. There to deliver the real deal were members of the Mercyhurst University Marching Band under director Robert Reid.

The experience was rewarding for both the band members and the children, who were eager to interact, said Lauren Packer Webster, associate athletic director at Mercyhurst. The preschoolers learned to march, clap to the rhythm of the beat, stand at attention and some even tried their hand at playing an instrument.

“Over the course of several weeks, the students learned about the musical instruments that make up the marching band,” said Mercy Center of the Arts Administrator Amy Bauschard. “The visit from the Mercyhurst University Marching Band was a wonderful culmination to this study. The visit allowed the preschool students to experience a live marching band and explore the instruments.”

Educators say that integrating music and movement activities into the lives of young children can teach them new skills as well as help them to appreciate the arts. It also provides the opportunity to take a break from traditional learning and encourages them to think and learn in new and different ways.