Founded by David A. Benoît, EncelaPulse is a marching musical and pageantry arts technology and consulting company that provides hardware, pedagogy, and other intellectual property which combine to solve the problem of front-to-back and side-to-side phasing induced by the speed of sound and distance between musicians. It can individually tailor techniques for the unique rehearsal needs of a marching program.
Phasing, the perceivable imprecision resulting from the distance between musicians, is a problem that can be quickly rehearsed using objectively correct metronome references. That is to say it is possible to create, in a practical manner, metronome pulses that are objectively correct and distance-compensated for each musician’s position anywhere on a football field. This allows musicians to very quickly and confidently learn exactly how to anticipate or delay their timing so a clean, unphased ensemble performance at the press box is reliably produced.
The current forty-year-old rehearsal techniques, due to their subjective nature, consume an inordinate amount of precious rehearsal time. For the sake of the members, it is time to update the ensemble rehearsal practices to something that provides them with correct, distance-compensated metronome pulses, and therefore, making rehearsal much more effecient.
Some programs that emphasize high standards of educational excellence limit the blocking (staging) in their designs in an effort to reduce the need to address the issue in rehearsal. Other programs push the limits of blocking due to competitive necessity, and commit to the rehearsal time necessary. EncelaPulse replaces the students’ and teachers’ most precious commodity — time. The EncelaPulse solution will drastically reduce rehearsal time spent addressing phasing, which will sharpen both educational and competitive edges.
Originally from Lafayette, LA, David A. Benoît has a Bachelors in Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi where he played principal oboe in the USM Wind Ensemble, the USM Symphony Orchestra, Southern Arts Pro Musica, and the Quintette du Soir. He is a Former Marching Member of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps Color Guard. He is a Certified Flight Instructor, and since 2004 he has been an airline pilot based in Atlanta.