Honors Projects


Jessica FixFollow


The relationship between college student engagement and personal growth has been studied for decades. However, involvement in specific types of organizations or activities has not been researched as in-depth. This study examined involvement in college marching band specifically and how it affects transition into college and overall growth and learning of college students. This study analyzes quantitative data of all marching band participants at Bowling Green State University in the most recent year (2016-2017), as well as qualitative data retrieved through focus group sessions with first year marchers and returning marchers. Results of this study suggest that involvement in marching band provides its members with strong connections to peers and a sense of belonging, which positively impact the college transition and growth processes.


Honors Program



First Advisor

Hyun Ro

First Advisor Department

Higher Education Administration

Second Advisor

Michael King

Second Advisor Department

Music Education

Publication Date

Spring 5-5-2017