When you think about the greatest rock bands and musicians of all time, very specific images probably spring to mind. For example, The Beatles might make you think of four young men on The Ed Sullivan Show with mop-top haircuts, well-tailored suits and sharply pointed black boots. Or how about the Ramones? Their uniform of motorcycle jackets, t-shirts, ripped blue jeans and sneakers perfectly fit their simple, hard-driven sound. From Angus Young's school-boy outfit to Fred Mercury's signature jump suit, uniforms have always played an essential role in popular music, and it's for this reason why you need to look great on stage if you hope to get noticed.
So what kind of band uniform do you have in mind? If you're still not sure, consider the different personalities of each member of your group and try to create an image that brings everyone together to form a sense of unity. Or, maybe your band has a very specific message that you're trying to get across to your audience - in which case, conceive a uniform that matches your lyrics from a visual standpoint. Take Devo, for example. By the time they released their album Freedom of Choice, the members began wearing hats called "Energy Domes" inspired by the Germany Bauhaus movement. This uniform was not only visibly appealing, but it made a terrific complement to the group's theory of "de-evolution".
Of course, these are just a couple of things to consider when you're trying to design a uniform. If you're a member of an existing group or marching band that already has a uniform, check out some of the many options available from Director's Showcase. In this section alone, they offer an all-weather White Aussie Hat with Band that's easy to clean and would give any musical ensemble a unique, eye-catching look.
If you have aspirations of one day performing your music in front of a live audience, it goes without saying that rehearsing your songs as much as possible is more important than anything else. But the image you portray will also have a huge impact on how much people enjoy - and remember - your performance. The way you decide to present yourself is really a matter of personal preference, but this selection of accessories and uniforms is sure to have something to your liking.