Thursday, November 14, 2019
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SLICE Project 40: The Database of Champions

I am pleased to announce the development and deployment of a new project in our present array of SLICE Data Projects, this one about the Bands of America organization, based in Indianapolis but with a reach that extends across the nation. According to the group’s website, the organization has been “creating, providing, and expanding positively life-changing experiences through music since 1976.” That’s 40 years now and running.

In honor of this historic celebration, we have begun compiling data, which we hope you find much more useful than school report card data or standardized test data, listing the winners and best high school marching bands to take part in Bands of America events.

Data on the Bands of America site are incomplete, and some links are broken from the published records. We are, however, conducting research at this time to fill in some of the holes in the data and are optimistic that data will be complete by the end of the calendar year.

Voxitatis is committed to facilitating constructive dialog among students, schools, and communities. See our equilateral triangle model here.

SLICE, or (in our acronym-rich world) “School Landscapes In Continuous Engagement,” is our way of presenting data that you can slice and dice any way you want. We believe (and hope) that examining information for yourself, in a perspective you find interesting and informative, can enlighten you about your local school, schools at large, and community engagement.

Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.

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