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No marching band would be complete without its percussion. From small pipe & drum bands to full marching bands with extensive brass sections and 3 or 4 (or more) ranks on the drumline, it's always got an important role to fill: keeping time. A marching band depends on its rhythm to stay in step and to manage the timing of complicated maneuvers. Marching percussion is responsible for taking care of that, while contributing to the melody at the same time. It's not an easy task, but it's an incredibly rewarding one - and the best way to make sure you're prepared for it is to gear up with high-quality marching percussion instruments and accessories.
The foundation of a marching percussion section is made up of the bass drums, snares and toms. You'll find all of those here, with options as colorful as the Pearl Championship CarbonCore Varsity Lacquer FFX Marching Snare Drum and as refined as the Tama Marching 18 x 14 in. Starlight Marching Bass Drum with Carrier. There are also lots of parts and accessories to go along with them, including top sellers like the Remo Falam K-Series Clear Dot Batter Drum Head and Vic Firth Corpsmaster Ralph Hardimon Drumsticks. Whether you're a band member outfitting yourself or a program administrator gearing up the whole drumline from scratch, you'll find what you need here.
Building on the foundation of the core drumline, there are lots of other percussion instruments that can go a long way to fill out the sound of a band on the field as well as in the pit. Cymbals, such as the Zildjian Stadium Medium Heavy Pairs, are popular choices that contribute a brilliant accent to the mix. And if you're looking for marching percussion that helps carry the tune, check out melodic percussion like the Musser M-2044 Deluxe Bell Lyra, M66 2.5 Octave Marching Xylophone, and M-65-V Marching Bells.
Above all else, just ask yourself what your marching band is setting out to accomplish. Whatever that may be, there's marching percussion ready to make it happen. You can even find carriers and carts in this section that will allow full-sized concert percussion instruments to go onto the field. The sky is the limit, so don't hesitate to experiment! After all, the only way to create a revolutionary sound is by trying new things.