How do groups communicate verbally and non-verbally?
A marching band is a unique group. The Blugold Marching Band is composed of 300 members that all operate on the same field together. Three hundred individual members preform one show. This takes a great deal of verbal and non-verbal communication. The non-verbal communication comes mainly in visual cues from one another and also the drum majors who conduct the in front of the band. Non-verbal communication is mainly reading other peoples body language. Well in a marching band it is the same concept just instead of reading mainly their facial expressions you are reading their position on the field and their body movements. Verbal communication starts with the drum majors calling the band to attention. “Band Attend Hut” followed a very loud “Hut Horns Up” keeps the band together and gets the music started. From there the verbal communication takes on a different form. It because more of an audible form of communication. It has been said that music can be more powerful than words. Through the music itself the band can judge distances from one another and know where they are in the music. At the same time we are communicating with the audience and the audience communicates back with applause. It is truly amazing how we are able to communicate such a large amount of information between so many people.