When cymbals are added to marching bands, spectators certainly take notice, for the simple reason that marching cymbals are usually optional. Of course, marching cymbals are a great way to liven up the sound of any marching ensemble and their shimmering appearance makes them a visual treat as well. In this section you'll have the pleasure of browsing through an impressive range of cymbal pairs from the likes of Meinl, Sabian and Zildjian. Whether you're performing in a stadium or marching in a parade, the right marching cymbal pair for you is just a few clicks away.
During your search for marching cymbals, you'll definitely want to think about your place in the ensemble, and for that you'll need to consider the cymbal's bell size. A larger bell makes for a louder projection while a smaller bell allows you to have more control over the overtones and spread. Whatever you choose, it's strongly recommended that you place your cymbals in the pit instead of the battery - that way, they won't be completely overpowered by the major drums in your marching band.
So let's look at some choices. For a cymbal pair that produces a bright and aggressive character with plenty of cut, turn your attention to the Meinl B10 Marching Arena Hand Cymbal Pair. Fully lathed and machined-hammered, this cymbal pair boasts a modest-size bell and a brilliant finish that perfectly complements their sound.
Or, maybe you're after a cymbal pair that's medium-heavy and has a long decay - in this case, go with the Sabian AA Marching Band Cymbals. Through a secret process of shaping bronze under 75 tons of pressure, Sabian has created a cymbal pair that delivers a bold and explosive sound that will surely stand out. Available in 14", 16", 17", 18" and 20", this pair is a top seller and you'll understand why quickly after performing with them.
Truthfully, most marching cymbals on today's market are crafted with exceptional detail and care - after all, marching band is a competitive activity and cymbals (just like drums) need to be capable of delivering the goods both indoors and out. If you can, try to check out every cymbal pair in this catalog - doing so will ensure that the first choice you make is the best one to suit your marching application.