|Finale for a halftime performance
(photo courtesy of Meredith Metsker)
|Team Name||The Band-Beesten Experience|
|Duration||Fall 2013 - Spring 2014|
This is the continued interdepartmental effort to both create a fully mobile drum set for use by the Vandal Marching Band and market the efforts of the University of Idaho's Mechanical Engineering Department. Current design goals for the Band-Beesten focus on decreasing weight and Omni-ball friction while allowing for a wider variety of instruments to be used, as well as market the work done by the engineering team by creating a video to show off the UI Marching Band.
The original idea for the project began a few years before the Fall of 2011 by Dr. Edwin Odom, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Dr. Daniel Bukvich, Professor of Percussion and Music Theory. The plan was to collaborate between their disciplines and create a finely tuned, expertly engineered drum set that is fit for a full on-field marching band performance.
The Fall of 2011 marked the initial experimentation and design of the Beest by a Capstone Design team in the engineering department. These initial tests provided insight on what worked well and what needed improvement. The final design from this year was never seen outside of the engineering buildings on campus, but the following year's goals were clear and a new design began immediately. For more in depth design details refer to the Team Drum Roll webpage.
The Fall of 2012 marked the first public introduction of the Beest, which has become a yearly project in the Capstone Design process. Dan Mathewson, a University of Idaho graduate student, designed and utilized a robotic, power driven front wheel that responded to the drummers input and included brightly lit led's on the forward facing drums. It successfully astounded the audience and fulfilled the requirement of marching with a wheeled drum set, but it could still be improved. Dan's thesis can be found in the References section.
The Beest was successfully used during the last two home games of the 2013 football season with the new omni-wheels working as intended. The future of the project will entail designing a lightweight, efficient frame that can be easily dismantled for easy storage by the marching band as well as creating a stop-motion video of the halftime show using Lego to be used for marketing purposes.
- Create a mobile drumming platform to be used in time by the UI Marching Band in its last two halftime shows.
- Drumming platform must be able to move in any direction easily solely from drummer input.
- Drumming platform must carry at least 6 different instruments to out-show the quad drums.
- Create a Txalaparta and four mallets to be used in time by the UI Marching Band in its last two halftime shows.
- Re-design the chassis for the Band-Beesten drumming platform to be lightweight and collapsable.
- Create a marketing video for the UI Marching Band featuring the Txalaparta and Band-Beesten out of Lego.
- Create 3D printed models of each instrument used by the Band and recreate the UI halftime show out of stop-motion Lego.
Completed First Semester Design
|Omni-Ball Wheel Assembly
Video Design Specifications
- Lego Scale Props Needed:
- One Marching Band Bass Drum
- Two Guitars
- One Set of Quad-Drums
- Two Saxophones
- Three Trumpets
- One Snare Drum
- One Model of Previous Band-Beesten
- One Model of Txalaparta
- Lego Figure Pieces:
- Eight Plain White Lego Figure Torsos
- Eight Black Lego Figure Legs
- Eight Lego Heads with Sunglasses
- Eight 'Idaho' Decals for Uniforms
- Eight 'Idaho' Capes for Uniforms
- Eight Lego Hats
- Lego Set Pieces
- Black Felt Backdrop
- Base Lego platform
- General Video features:
- Video must be shot in at least 10 Frames per Second.
- Video must encompass some form of each aspect from the actual halftime show video.
- Strong focus on the Txalaparta
- Blend real life with the 'Lego World.'
- High enough quality to be used by the UI Marching Band during video entrance of future halftime shows.
|Photo||Modeling Lessons Learned|
|First Scenes Shot
|Final Scenes Shot
We will post a link to the final video product here once it has been completed
Included is a short video showcasing the Txalaparta that was created for use by the Vandal Marching Band.
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