Marching band

company of instrumental musicians

A marching band is a band of instrumental musicians who march while playing instruments.

An American college marching band on the field (Kansas State University)

They combine movement – usually some type of marching and other movements – with their musical performance. Its instruments typically are brass instruments, woodwinds, and percussion instruments. The music usually has a strong rhythmic component suitable for marching. Marching bands use a uniform, often bearing the name and emblem of their organization. Many bands have a color guard, who perform with flags and other props.

In addition to traditional parade performances, many bands also perform field shows at special events (such as football games) or at competitions.


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