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The Problems with Sound Delay on a Football Field by John Wooten (December 1990 Percussive Notes)

by Rhythm Scene Staff | Jun 22, 2020

“The biggest problem with trying to put together an ensemble on a football field would have to be sound delay. Sound travels approximately 1,100 feet per second at sea level, and it is 105 feet from the back hash to the front side line. Therefore if you were to put a snare drummer on the back hash and a bass drummer on the front side line and have them play quarter notes at 160 at exactly the same time, it would sound as though they are 1/5 of a beat apart from the front or the back of the field.”

Consider the solutions proposed in this December 1990 article about sound delay from one of the greatest in the field of marching percussion education!

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The Problems with Sound Delay on a Football Field by John Wooten (December 1990 Percussive Notes)

Jun 22, 2020, 14:34 PM by Rhythm Scene Staff

“The biggest problem with trying to put together an ensemble on a football field would have to be sound delay. Sound travels approximately 1,100 feet per second at sea level, and it is 105 feet from the back hash to the front side line. Therefore if you were to put a snare drummer on the back hash and a bass drummer on the front side line and have them play quarter notes at 160 at exactly the same time, it would sound as though they are 1/5 of a beat apart from the front or the back of the field.”

Consider the solutions proposed in this December 1990 article about sound delay from one of the greatest in the field of marching percussion education!

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