No other way of playing music is quite like a marching band. Hitting the field puts unique demands on your instruments and gear, which means that you need equipment that's built to stand up to those conditions. Frequent handling, long-distance transportation and even the occasional collision are all things that marching band brass, percussion and accessories are designed to face. On top of that, they've got to be lightweight and easy to carry. It's a tough standard, but this section is where you'll find the essentials that can take it in stride.
Some brass instruments, like the trumpet and cornet, have a shape that works well for playing on the move. For others, though, a few modifications make them much better suited to marching bands. Take the marching French horn, for example. Unlike its standard counterpart, this version of the instrument looks more like a flugelhorn or mellophone, allowing it to be carried the same way and keeping the bell pointing forward to focus its sound along with the rest of the band. If you play the tuba, consider a convertible model, which allows the mouthpiece to be repositioned so you can choose between marching and upright orientations.