Whether you're the lone bass drummer in a pipe band or one of many in a bugle corps, you know how essential your marching bass drum is to defining the sound of your battery. Thankfully, all of today's most trusted drum and percussion manufacturers provide marching bass drums that are durable, easy to carry and sound incredible through countless hard-hitting performances. Just look through this catalog and you'll find recognizable names like Pearl, Mapex, Tama and Ludwig offering marching bass drums for both outdoor and indoor use.
If you're unfamiliar with marching bass drums (say, if you're buying for somebody else), it's important to know that they're available in a variety of sizes depending on the player's role in a drumline - so you'll definitely to want to ask some questions about the person you're buying for. Marching bass drums also come in different weights, so you'll want to make sure that it's within the bounds of what an ambitious player can handle. Of course, bass drums for marching band purposes are typically a lot lighter than regular bass drums and designed specifically to be comfortable to play during a long parade.
To kick off your search, check out a top-seller like the Sound Percussion Birch Marching Bass Drum with Carrier. Available in sizes 16x14 and 18x14, these bass drums contain specially-designed 7-ply birch shells with select air hole placement for a powerful projection and dynamic tone. The free t-style lightweight carrier that's included will also save a lot of dough (these carriers are often $150-$200 when sold separately).
Tama is another company that's respected for their marching percussion choices. In fact, their Marching Maple Bass Drum comes in a wide range of stunning colors like red sparkle, deep green, smoky indigo and many more. In addition to its articulate tone, this bass drum has a "Noiseless Carrier Attachment" design that completely eliminates the space between you and the drum to improve stability and playability even on windy days. Simply put, the Tama Marching Bass Drum is a treat on the eyes, ears and hands.
Whatever your marching band application may be, the right marching bass drum for you can be found in this section Just take your time looking, consider your personal needs and budget, and the perfect marching bass drum will surely stand out from the rest - so you can stand out from the competition.
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