Program Mission

The goal is to create a generation of young musicians and music educators whose enjoyment of music will not be affected by hearing loss or tinnitus.

About The Program

Education, awareness and protecting the hearing of young musicians are the foundation of the ADOPT-A-BAND Program. 

The goal of ADOPT-A-BAND is to promote awareness among young musicians, music educators and parents about the importance of protecting hearing. By providing products at a discount, Etymotic Research demonstrates a strong commitment to promoting healthy playing and listening habits. 

The ADOPT-A-BAND program is easy to join and available to everyone interested in protecting the hearing of young musicians. To get started, choose a Participation Level and complete the Registration Form.

Participation Levels

  Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
ADOPT-A-BAND Pricing      
ETY•Plugs High-Fidelity Earplugs, carrying case & cord
(Retail value $12.95 per pair)
$250
25 pairs
$500
50 pairs
$750
75 pairs
ER•20XS High-Fidelity Earplugs, carrying case & cord
(Retail value $19.95 per pair)
$306.25
25 pairs
$612.50
50 pairs
$918.75
75 pairs
Education Pack
Pamphlet with facts and charts about hearing protection
Hear For A Lifetime DVD

25

50

75
Pamphlet with facts and charts about hearing protection 25 50 75
Hear For A Lifetime DVD
Hear For A Lifetime Poster
Know The Risk Slide Rule
ER-200 Noise Dosimeter to measure sound exposure (Retail value $99)
Music•PRO 9-15 Electronic Earplugs for Band Director (Retail value $299)

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The Importance of Hearing Protection

Exposure to excessive noise from drumlines, pipe bands, marching bands, orchestras, and music from a player’s own instrument or nearby instruments can cause tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and permanent hearing loss depending on the duration of the sound.

The human ear overloads at high sound levels, making it difficult to impossible to distinguish the blend with other instruments.

Wearing high-fidelity earplugs makes it possible to protect hearing and actually hear better. That can translate to playing better too!

The good news:

Noise-induced hearing loss is preventable.

Hearing loss is a function of exposure time, the average sound level, and the peak level of very loud sounds. Exposure to excessive noise from industrial machinery, heavy construction equipment and vehicles, power tools, aircraft, gunfire, motorcycle and auto race tracks, dental drills, sporting events, fireworks, rock concerts, marching bands, and music from a player's own instrument or nearby instruments can cause hearing loss depending on the intensity and duration of the noise. Some persons are more susceptible to hearing loss from high-level sound than others.

Some workers obviously need high-attenuation earplugs. Shipbuilders, flight crew who stand behind jet aircraft on the flight deck, and army tank operators usually fall in this category. Such individuals can't get enough attenuation for proper protection even with plugs and earmuffs combined. But, many industrial workers can be adequately protected with as little as 10 dB of attenuation: the majority of eight-hour equivalent noise exposures fall between 85 and 95 dB. Some of these workers receive earplugs that provide too much attenuation, and as a result they do not insert them deeply in their ears because they can not hear speech clearly enough. These persons risk hearing damage, but have compromised so they have auditory awareness of sounds around them.

The cochlea has two types of hair cells, inner and outer. The outer hair cells appear to provide the ear's sensitivity to hear quiet sounds. Inner hair cells appear to provide all the information to the brain. It has been suggested that high-intensity noise causes extensive damage to the inner and outer hair cells; long-term lower-level noise causing the same audiometric loss may show predominately outerhair cell loss. What this implies is that the type of noise exposure may determine the severity of future communication problems.

Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and temporary hearing loss can occur from a single concert, sporting event or sudden loud noise like a firecracker. In rare cases, permanent hearing loss results from such auditory insults. Even if a temporary hearing loss recovers over a period of hours to days, there is a risk that repeated exposure to loud noise will result in permanent hearing loss.

It is important that hearing protection is carefully selected for each individual, based on the intensity level, duration, and type of noise exposure.

Hear For A Lifetime Video

Proud Member Bands

Adlai Stevenson High School

Lincolnshire, IL
http://www.d125.org/

Avon High School Drum Line

Avon High School Drum Line

Avon, IN
http://avonband.com/

Basha High School Band

Basha High School Band

Chandler, AZ
http://bashahighschoolband.com/

Battle Lake Jr. & Sr. High School Bands

Battle Lake, MN
http://www.battlelake.k12.mn.us/jhhs.html

Bealsville High School - Rock Band

Bealsville High School - Rock Band

Beallsville, OH
http://www.bhs.k12.oh.us/band/Band.html

Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps

Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps

Boston, MA
http://www.bostoncrusaders.com/

Cabar-Feidh Pipes and Drums

Cabar-Feidh Pipes and Drums

Royal Oak, MI
http://www.cabar-feidh.com/

Carmel High School Drumline

Carmel High School Drumline

Carmel, IN
http://carmelbands.org/about/marching-band/

Cental Dauphin High School Band

Cental Dauphin High School Band

Harrisburg, PA
http://www.cdramband.org/

Central Academy Band of Blue

Central Academy Band of Blue

Monroe, NC
http://cataband.blogspot.com/

Clinton Middle School

Boylston, MA
http://ms.clinton.k12.ma.us/

Colts Drum & Bugle Corps

Colts Drum & Bugle Corps

Dubuque, IA
http://www.colts.org/

Concordia College

Concordia College

Moorhead, MN
http://www.cord.edu/music1.php

Cornhusker Marching Band

Cornhusker Marching Band

Lincoln, NE
www.unl.edu/band/

Crown Point High School

Crown Point High School

Crown Point, IN
http://www.cps.k12.in.us/1668209104622817/site

Eastern Illinois University Department of Music

Eastern Illinois  University Department of Music

Charleston, IL
http://www.eiu.edu/music/

Eastman School of Music

Eastman School of Music

Rochester, NY
http://www.esm.rochester.edu/

Fairport High School Day Jazz Band

Fairport High School Day Jazz Band

Fairport, NY
http://www.fairport.org/HighSchool.cfm

Fort Mill High School

Fort Mill High School

Fort Mill, SC
http://fortmillhsband.com/

Georgia Tech Marching Yellow Jackets

Georgia Tech Marching Yellow Jackets

Atlanta, GA
http://gtband.net/

Germantown High School

Germantown High School

Germantown, WI
http://gtownbands.com/

Goshen High School

Goshen High School

Goshen, IN
http://goshenband.org/

Harding University

Harding University

Searcy, AZ
http://www.harding.edu/band/herd.html

Hopkins High School Band

Hopkins High School Band

Hopkins, MN
http://hopkinsbands.weblogs.hopkins.k12.mn.us/

Huskies Pep Band - Michigan Tech University

Huskies Pep Band - Michigan Tech University

Houghton, MI
https://dawgs.students.mtu.edu/

Illinois State University Big Red Marching Machine Drumline

Illinois State University Big Red Marching Machine Drumline

Normal, IL
http://bands.illinoisstate.edu/ensembles/athletic.shtml

Iowa State University

Iowa State University

Ames, IA
http://www.music.iastate.edu/org/marching/

Jefferson High School Pep Band

Jefferson High School Pep Band

Jefferson, OR
http://jhslionsmusic.weebly.com/

Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps

Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps

Mount Holly, NJ
http://www.jerseysurf.org/

Joshua High School

Joshua High School

Joshua, TX
http://www.joshuaisd.org/Page/618

Lake Park Lancers

Lake Park Lancers

Roselle, IL
http://www.lakeparkband.com/

Leon High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble

Leon High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble

Tallahassee, FL
http://www.leonperformingarts.org/band

Leon High School Lion Steel

Leon High School Lion Steel

Tallahassee, FL
http://lionsteel.leonperformingarts.org/

Leon High School Marching Red Coats

Leon High School Marching Red Coats

Tallahassee, FL
http://www.leonperformingarts.org/band

Lewisburg Area High School

Lewisburg Area High School

Lewisburg, PA
http://highschool.lasd.us

Methacton High School

Eagleville, PA
http://www.methacton.org/methactonhs/

Montclair State University

Montclair State University

Montclair, NJ
http://www.montclair.edu/arts/cali-school-of-music/

Mount Prospect Knights

Mount Prospect Knights

Mount Prospect, IL
http://www.prospectband.com/

Mountain Home High School Bomber Band

Mountain Home High School Bomber Band

Mooreheand, MN
http://bombers.k12.ar.us/hs/hs_band.htm

Mountain View High School Bands

Mountain View High School Bands

Tucson, AZ
http://www.mtviewband.com/new/index.html

Mt. Edgecumbe High School

Sitka, AK
http://www.mehs.us/

Musicians Clinic Buffalo

Musicians Clinic Buffalo

Buffalo, NY
http://cdswebserver.med.buffalo.edu/drupal/?q=node/561

Naperville Central High School Bands

Naperville Central High School Bands

Naperville, IL
http://www.nchsbands.info

Night Fire Drum Line

Night Fire Drum Line

Moorhead, MN
http://www.thenightfire.org/

Niles North High School

Niles North High School

Niles, IL
https://sites.google.com/a/d219.org/nnhsbands/

Norman High School Band

Norman High School Band

Norman, OK
http://web.norman.k12.ok.us/site/nhsband/

North Charter High School Band

North Charter High School Band

Atlanta, GA
http://www.northspringsband.org/

North Forsyth High School Marching Raiders

North Forsyth High School Marching Raiders

Cumming, GA
http://www.northforsythband.com/

Northwest High School

Northwest High School

Germantown, MD
http://www.nwinstrumental.org/

Ohio State University

Ohio State University

Columbus, OH
http://tbdbitl.osu.edu/

Olathe North High School

Olathe North High School

Olathe, KS
https://sites.google.com/site/oneaglebands/home

Osceola High School Marching Kowboys

Osceola High School Marching Kowboys

Kissimmee, FL
http://www.ohs.osceola.k12.fl.us/

Pace Percussion

Pace Percussion

Pace, FL
http://pacehighschool.net/

Palmetto Percussion

Palmetto Percussion

Columbia, SC
http://palmettopercussion.org/

Phantom Regiment

Phantom Regiment

Rockford, IL
http://www.regiment.org/

Pioneer Indoor Percussion

Naperville, IL
http://pioneerindoor.org/

Pioneer Valley High School Band

Pioneer Valley High School Band

Santa Maria, CA
http://www.pvhspanthers.org/

Pride of McNeese

Pride of McNeese

Lake Charles, LA
http://www.mcneesebands.com/ensembles/

Rhythm X Percussion

Rhythm X Percussion

Columbus, OH
http://rhythmx.org/

Richards Middle School Band

Richards Middle School Band

Fraser, MI
http://richardsmsband.weebly.com/

Rosemount High School

Rosemount High School

Rosemount, MN
http://www.rosemountband.com/index.php/en/

Rush Henrietta Senior High School

Rush Henrietta Senior High School

Henrietta, NY
http://www.rhnet.org/highschool.cfm

Ryder High School

Ryder High School

Wichata Falls, TX
http://www.riderhighband.com/

Sacramento Mandarins Drum & Bugle Corps

Sacramento Mandarins Drum & Bugle Corps

Sacramento, CA
http://www.mandarins.org/

Saint Xavier Jungle Drummers

Saint Xavier Jungle Drummers

Louisville, KY
http://www.saintx.com/band

San Francisco Rock Project

San Francisco Rock Project

San Francisco, CA
http://www.rockprojectsf.org/

Sequim City Band, WA

Sequim City Band, WA

Sequim City Band, WA
http://www.sequimcityband.org/

Servna Park High School

Severna, MD
http://sphsmusic.org/

Shawnee Mission North High School

Shawnee Mission North High School

Shawnee Mission, KS
http://smnorthbands.org/

Shawnee Mission West Pride

Shawnee Mission West Pride

Overland Park, KS
www.bandaides.org

sickday safetynet

sickday safetynet

New York, NY
http://www.sickdaysafety.net/

South Tama High School

South Tama High School

Tama, IA
http://www.s-tama.k12.ia.us/node/3765

Star International Academy

Star International Academy

Dearborn Heights, MI
http://www.starpsa.org/

Summerour Middle School

Norcross, VA
http://www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/SummerourMS/

Sumner High School

Sumner High School

Sumner, WA
http://www.sumnerband.com/

Temple University Diamond Band

Temple University Diamond Band

Philadelphia, PA
http://www.temple.edu/diamondbands

Texas A&M Fightin Aggie Band

Texas A&M Fightin Aggie Band

College Station, TX
http://tamubands.tamu.edu/aggie-band

The Barrel Room

The Barrel Room

Portland, OR
http://www.barrelroompdx.com/

The Drum School with Earl Talbot

The Drum School with Earl Talbot

Naperville, IL
http://www.thedrumschool.com/

The New England Scholastic Band Association

S. Weymouth, MA
http://www.nesba.org/

The Rob Roy Pipe Band and Highland Dancers

The Rob Roy Pipe Band and Highland Dancers

Kingston, ON, Canada
http://www.robroykingston.com/

Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps

Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps

Casper, WY
http://troopersdrumcorps.org/

Univeristy of Minnesota Marching Band

Univeristy of Minnesota Marching Band

Minneapolis, MN
https://music.umn.edu/ensembles/marching

University Of Alabama Million Dollar Band

University Of Alabama Million Dollar Band

Tuscaloosa, AL
http://bands.ua.edu/

University of Florida Steel Drum Band

University of Florida Steel Drum Band

Gainesville, FL
http://www.arts.ufl.edu/music/steelers/home.html

University of Illinois Bands

University of Illinois Bands

Champagne, IL
http://bands.illinois.edu/content/MI

University of Kentucky School of Music

University of Kentucky School of Music

Lexington, KY
http://www.uky.edu/FineArts/Music

University of North Carolina – Pembroke

Pembroke, NC
http://www.uncp.edu/music/

University of North Carolina School of the Arts Bookstore

Winston-Salem, NC
http://www.uncsa.edu/campusstore

University of Wisconsin Stevens Point

University of Wisconsin Stevens Point

Stevens Point, WI
https://www.uwsp.edu/music/Pages/Ensembles/windbands.aspx

Wayland Baptist University

Wayland Baptist University

Plainview, TX
http://www.wbu.edu/school-of-music/

Webb City High School Cardinal Pride

Webb City High School Cardinal Pride

Webb City, MO
https://www.facebook.com/wccardinalpride

West Jackson Middle School

West Jackson Middle School

Jefferson, GA
http://www.jackson.k12.ga.us/wjm/

West Lake High School

West Lake High School

Austin, TX
http://westlakeband.com/

What Cheer Brigade

What Cheer Brigade

Providence, RI
http://www.whatcheerbrigade.com/

Whiting High School Bands

Whiting, IN
http://www.whiting.k12.in.us/SCWHighSchool/HS_INDEX.htm

Wildcat Marching Band

Wildcat Marching Band

Durham, NH
http://unhbands.org/

Zionsville Indoor Percussion

Zionsville, IN
http://www.zboponline.org/percussion.html

FAQs

Who can adopt a band?

The ADOPT-A-BAND program is available to parents, boosters, band directors, music educators — anyone interested in advocating safe playing and practicing habits for today’s young musicians.

Is ADOPT-A-BAND only for high school bands?

Supporters can adopt any type of music group. The goal is to protect hearing, so supplying earplugs and information is not restricted to any age group.

If we choose a certain participation level, do we have to buy the same number of ETY•Plugs every time?

Qualified groups can purchase additional quantities of ETY•Plugs in increments of 10.

Can our band be featured on Etymotic’s website and Facebook page?

Absolutely! We encourage sponsors to send images, stats and band website links to the Adopt-a-Band program administrator for posting.

Membership Includes

  • ETY•Plugs High-Fidelity Earplugs and cord
  • Educational materials on safe listening levels
  • Personal Noise Dosimeter (Levels 2 and 3)
  • Music•PRO Electronic Earplugs (Level 3)
  • News and updates