LINCOLN, Neb. — The Cornhusker Marching Band has new instruments to play as they prepare for and perform during this fall’s football season.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln group has leased 320 iPad Mini 4’s for three years, thanks to funding from the school’s athletic department, according to the Lincoln Journal Star (http://bit.ly/2bMlM6G).
Music, drills, formations and movements will be available at the touch of the musicians’ screens. The sheet music is formatted in a way that allows for scrolling and playing at the same time, as well as the ability to mark sections. A metronome and tuner are built in, and the drill software will help improve the musicians’ synchronization by providing individual coordinates.
“The coordinates tell them, ‘My spot is exactly this far from this yard line and this far from this sideline,’ so they can follow that around,” said Tony Falcone, associate director of bands. “It also animates the drill, so it shows it in motion and highlights each student so they can see, you know, ‘This is me and this is exactly how I move during this time.'”
The Cornhusker band is now in step with Ohio State University, which adopted the iPads in 2014, and the University of Oklahoma. Oklahoma band officials said the new technology has cut practice time in half.
Trumpeter Libby Jundt said she thinks the technology could be a game changer for this season.
“I think it’s been really helpful for the new members, especially since they can see how the veterans do a lot of our technique. They can implement that in their own practice — I like that a lot,” Jundt said.
Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, http://www.journalstar.com