Happy Marching Music Day!

Today is March 4th and it is Marching Music Day! According to the “National Day” calendar:

March forth to the rhythm of life on Marching Music Day every March 4th. Honor the dedicated musicians and performers of many diverse styles and backgrounds. Marching Music Day celebrates all varieties of art forms that bring us “music on the move.”

Drum Corps International founded Marching Music Day to celebrate marching music as an engaging and ever-expanding art form around the world. The day also celebrates Music In Our Schools Month. The observance chose March Fourth as a clever play on words.

For centuries, the beat of a drum has kept military units moving in unison. From the training field to the battlefield, the football stadium to the Broadway stage, marching music delights performers and spectators. They also perform 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. They bring audiences to their feet while stirring a crowd to an enthusiastic roar.

Marching band was one of my favorite things about high school. Here is a link to one of my earlier blogs devoted to marching band.

I encourage you to share your memories of marching band or support your favorite “marchers” by using the hashtags #MarchForth and #MarchingMusicDay to show your support on social media.

Strike up the band!!

9 thoughts on “Happy Marching Music Day!

  1. I can’t recall seeing much of this over in UK, though I’m sure it does go on. I love watching it on TV (well, to an extent) before US sporting events – even the Fleetwood Mac video for ‘TUSK’ – which I also like, though I believe diehard fans don’t. 🙂

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    1. I can’t recall how long ago it was, but during college football games, they used to never show any of the band performances. There was some kind of push for it and I think it is common place to show a minute or two of the show on TV now, though it never does it any justice. As a guy from Michigan, I’m not an Ohio State fan, but their marching band has really done some amazing half time shows. One of them had Michael Jackson moonwalking. Pretty cool stuff. I’m sure it is on YouTube somewhere ..

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      1. I wish I could be like some bloggers and ALWAYS have something to write about. Preparing for a blog is similar to preparing for a radio show. Some days there are plenty of possible topics, while other days – nothing.

        I like writing prompts, but so many of them are not worth writing about….

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