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Coda is a common musical term for the concluding passage of a piece or movement, typically forming an addition to the basic structure. The “Coda” program addresses the Tau Beta Sigma purpose, “To promote the existence and welfare of the collegiate bands and to create a respect and appreciation for band activities and achievements among the listening public everywhere.” The program also addresses two of Tau Beta Sigma’s Eight Essential Factors: “A mutual interest in the Art of Music, in its performance, and in the aesthetic qualities it can project to others,” and “Generosity of mind, heart, and hand.” The program’s purpose is to focus on cultivating and continuing musicianship and music appreciation during the “concluding passage” of life.

After witnessing chapters across the nation apply the same principles and activities found in our “Crescendo” program to their work with the elderly in their communities, the National Council sought to create a new program to solidify this type of service to music. The first incarnation of this program was introduced to the Programs Committees at the 2017 District Conventions, modified, and then given to the Programs Committee at the 2017 National Convention in Orlando, Florida for approval.

For more information about this program, see THE TAU BETA SIGMA PROGRAMS GUIDE.