Higher in pitch than a bass drum but lower than a snare, the tenor drum acts as the middle voice of a battery. Often, these tonal drums come in sets of 5 with each drum varying in pitch (lowest to highest, from left to right). This configuration is known as a "quint", and that's what you'll find in this selection. Boasting one top percussion manufacturer after another, the marching quints offered here are preferred by university drumlines and military bands across the country. In other words, you've definitely come to the right spot for a new set of marching quints.
With names like Pearl, Tama Marching, Mapex and Dynasty making up the majority of your options, any one of these marching quints would be a terrific place to begin your search. If it's something in the $400-$500 price range that you're after, start with the Mapex QUALFIER MULTI TOMS in Snow White. Featuring high-strength die-cast aluminum lug casings, shallower shell depths and a birch/maple shell combination, this best-selling set of toms is extremely lightweight yet still manages to produce a bright, articulate sound.
Or, if you have a little more wiggle room in your savings, try something in the $900-$1200 range like the popular Pearl Maple Shallow Cut Marching Quint Tom Set in Midnight Black. Specifically made to complement the FFX1410 Snare Drums, these toms contain 6-ply maple shells for a robust tone and a tight focus. Additionally, their shallow shell design reduces their overall mass, making them a cinch to move to and from your performances.
As every marching tenor percussionist knows, it takes a lot of practice and dedication to tame these colorful drums. Of course, it's for this reason why every player deserves to be armed with a quality set - and as you can see, there are more than enough marching quint options here to make your tenor talents realized.