National Marching Band 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 National Marching Band Day
The origin of National Marching Band 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.
National Marching Band Day timeline
D.C.I. is founded to govern and standardize band competitions throughout North America.
D.C.I initiates Marching Music Day to celebrate marching music as an engaging and ever-expanding art form around the world.
D.C.I. member corps vote unanimously to cancel the 2020 competitive season.
Drum Corps International celebrates the fifth anniversary of Marching Music Day.
National Marching Band 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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National Marching Band Day Activities
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.
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.
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
March forth to Marching Music Day
‘March fourth’ was specifically picked to be the date of the holiday because it’s for ‘March forth’.
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.
The special number thirteen
Drum Corps International, the founders of Marching Music Day, was established by 13 original founding member organizations.
The D.C.I plans to create an environment for participating corps "to engage in education, competition, entertainment, and the promotion of individual growth."
D.C.I. limits the age of participants to "21 years and younger."
Why We Love National Marching Band Day
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.
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.
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.
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