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Preferred Name

Sarah E. Wilson

Date of Award

Spring 2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Music (MM)


School of Music


William Dabback

W. Bryce Hayes

Kevin J. Stees


The purpose of this phenomenological study was to explore motivations for participation, how social structures influence the adult non-professional members of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Concert Band (HRCB), and identify the characteristics of community present in the band. The following questions framed the investigation within an interpretative phenomenological approach:

  1. What motivates the band members to participate in the HRCB?
  2. How do the institutional social structures influence the sense of belonging, development of social capital, and socialization of band members?
  3. What characteristics of community are present within the HRCB?

Data was collected from long-term researcher observation and one-on-one semi-structured interviews with each participant. Results indicate that the participants are motivated by personal and musical motivations, and the HRCB exists with institutional social structures that influence social capital, social belonging, and socialization. Each of these themes form a unique sense of community within the HRCB. Research into this topic is significant as we learn how music-making can span throughout the life and contribute to individuals, society, and music education.