This blog submitted by guest blogger, Gloria Hoffner, owners of Guitar With Gloria and proud member of Chichester Alumni Band.
Americans love music! We play it in our elevators, use it to calm us in dental chairs, turn up the iPod volume to tune out our parents, remember it as we recall our childhoods, and celebrate it annually during Making Music Week, May 1 through 7th 2011. In fact, according to a 2006 Gallop Poll, Americans make up the most musical country on the planet!
The survey found, U.S. residents purchase 42.7 percent of all musical instruments in the world. Our closest competitor is Japan at 15.6 percent.
Fifty-two percent of all American homes have at least one musician and forty percent have two or more musicians. Most of these musicians were introduced to music through a parent or a teacher.
Eighty five percent of Americans believe music is very important to the quality of life – and a whopping 67 percent wish they played an instrument!
This is no surprise to the members of the Chichester Alumni Community Band – now 24 years old and going strong. The band brings together beginners and experts, young in years and young at heart, who played in a school band, a community youth group, a church praise band, a drum and bugle corp or alone on their back porch. Chichester Alumni Community Band musicians have one common goal – to play music for their community. The band performs at local parades, summer concerts and once a month at a long term care facility.
Listening to the band perform benefits seniors who attend the concerts. A 2009 study published in the Journal of Gerntological Nursing found that nursing home residents who listened to 20 minutes of music experienced less stress and better sleep patterns than those in a control group who did not listen to music.