Whether you play the snare, bass or tenor, every drummer in a marching band needs to give careful consideration to their drum heads. They're a defining factor in your sound, and every drum head company specializes in models that offer their own characteristics. Just like regular drums, today's most well-known marching drum head brands are Evans and Remo, and you can bet that both companies are represented here. Of course, many other respected manufacturers offer pro-quality heads as well, including Aquarian, Ludwig and Pearl.
For a better idea of how each head in this catalog will influence your drumming, you need to understand the difference between coated and uncoated. Coated heads deliver a warm, round tone while their uncoated counterparts are brighter and give you a more open attack. Another thing to consider is whether you prefer single-ply or double-ply. While 1-ply heads are very loud and produce a huge ringing effect, 2-ply models are more durable and have shorter sustain.
For marching snares, coated is typically preferred and both 1- and 2-ply styles are available. Try a top-seller like the Remo Powerstroke 77 Clear Snare Drum Batter head. The Glassmen and Southern University use these models so you better believe they're of the highest quality. Now, for those who play the marching bass drum, you'll find both clear and coated single and double-ply options. There are many top-rated single-ply bass heads on today's market, including the Evans MX1 White Marching Bass Drum Head. This one boasts a warm sound, has adjustable sustain and a unique dampening system.
Now for all you tenor drummers, you'll be happy to know that single- and double-ply choices are in these pages. Can't decide? Turn your attention to the Evans MX Frost Tenor Heads. Designed with an advanced hoop concept to prevent collar pull-out even under severe tuning conditions, these heads are made using 2 clear 7-mil plies with a translucent coating. No doubt, the pure tone that MX Frost Tenor Heads provide will be sure to blend perfectly with your marching ensemble.
And the choices above were only mentioned to serve as an idea of how many best-selling marching drum heads can be found here, so try to explore everything in further detail. Just take your time browsing and before you know it, your next marching band performance will be turning the heads of everyone in attendance.
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