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Marching Music Day – March 4, 2023

Marching Music Day on March 4 celebrates the ‘march’ music genre, which features a strong regular rhythm expressly written for marching to and most frequently performed by military bands. The holiday serves as a day to honor the dedicated musicians and composers of the sounds as well as its performers. It is said to be celebrating all varieties of art forms that bring us “music on the move.” For centuries, the rhythm of the ‘march’ music genre has kept military units moving in unison. From the training field to the battlefield, football stadium, to the Broadway stage, marching music delights performers and spectators alike.  

History of Marching Music Day

The origin of Marching Music Day can be traced to the founding of Drum Corps International (D.C.I.) by 13 founding member organizations that wanted to govern and standardize marching bands competitions throughout North America. 

It acts as a governing body for junior drum and bugle corps and is responsible for developing and enforcing rules of the competition and for providing standardized adjudication at sanctioned competitions throughout the United States and Canada. D.C.I. founded Marching Music Day to celebrate marching music as an “engaging and ever-expanding art form around the world.” 

The ‘march’ music genre contains powerful rhythms in a regular pattern, this makes the genre suitable for marching. Military bands use this music as it expresses the motion of their march. As mentioned, the holiday is in celebration of the different art forms that bring us “music on the move.” Although the genre of music has strong military roots, its usage has evolved into an art form used to move us during somber memorials and thrill us in times of relief. 

For centuries, the rhythm of the ‘march’ music genre has kept military units and different other bands moving in unison as they are performed in auditoriums and grand arenas to spectators’ delight. From small parades to impressive spectacles, fifers, pipers, buglers, drum corps, marching bands, parade groups, drill teams, and color guards bring this genre of music to life and audiences to their feet, blaring an enthusiastic roar.

Marching Music Day timeline

1971
The Start of D.C.I.

D.C.I. is founded to govern and standardize band competitions throughout North America.

2017
Marching Music Day

D.C.I initiates Marching Music Day to celebrate marching music as an engaging and ever-expanding art form around the world.

2020
D.C.I. 2020 Competitive Season, Cancelled

D.C.I. member corps vote unanimously to cancel the 2020 competitive season.

2021
The Fifth Anniversary

Drum Corps International celebrates the fifth anniversary of Marching Music Day.

Marching Music Day FAQs

Why Marching Music Day?

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How can I celebrate Marching Music Day?

One way to celebrate Marching Music Day is to support a marching music group. Make financial donations and attend their performances bringing new supporters with you. Consider becoming part of a band too and share your experience of the excitement of watching or performing in a marching music group, with people online.

Who founded Marching Music Day?

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Marching Music Day Activities

  1. Support a marching music group

    One way to celebrate Marching Music Day is to support a marching music group. Whether by making an important contribution to your favorite drum corps, through support to your local high school, or community marching performing arts ensemble. Consider making an important financial donation too and attend their performances bringing new supporters with you.

  2. Consider becoming part of a band

    If you’re a musician, one way to celebrate the holiday is to consider becoming part of the band. Make inquiries to represent your favorite drum corps or marching music group to become an integral member.

  3. Share your experience on social media

    Share your experience of the excitement of watching or performing in a marching music group with people online. Resurface an old photo from your marching band as proof. Share it along with details of one of your fondest marching music memories on social media. Tag your posts with #MarchForth and #MarchingMusicDay.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Marching

  1. March forth to Marching Music Day

    ‘March fourth’ was specifically picked to be the date of the holiday because it’s for ‘March forth’.

  2. Drum Corps International is a non-profit

    For nearly a half-century, Drum Corps International, the founders of Marching Music Day, has been a non-profit entity.

  3. The special number thirteen

    Drum Corps International, the founders of Marching Music Day, was established by 13 original founding member organizations.

  4. Its mission

    The D.C.I plans to create an environment for participating corps "to engage in education, competition, entertainment, and the promotion of individual growth."

  5. Age limit

    D.C.I. limits the age of participants to "21 years and younger."

Why We Love Marching Music Day

  1. The bands

    Band performances are lively! The charade and march and trumpets all work together to create an atmosphere of excitement we all love. There’s no better place to be than where marching music groups are performing.

  2. The colorful costumes

    Oh, the bright and colorful costumes! Marching bands perform in distinct and colorful regalias we love in small gyms, auditoriums, and grand arenas. From small parades to impressive spectacles, fifers, pipers, buglers, drum corps, marching bands, parade groups, drill teams, and color guards bring music to life.

  3. It’s exciting

    Marching bands performances would typically bring audiences to their feet blaring an enthusiastic roar. Their parades follow such synchronized choreographed moves which would ordinarily be difficult to recreate alone.

Marching Music Day dates

YearDateDay
2022March 4Friday
2023March 4Saturday
2024March 4Monday
2025March 4Tuesday
2026March 4Wednesday

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