When you consider the snare drum's militaristic origins, it's really no wonder why it's the most essential part of a marching band. Dating all the way back to the 12th century, the snare was used in armies to deliver commands through the ranks. By the 18th century, metal counter-hoops were added to the heads so they could be tightened more quickly and the snare soon became an integral part of marching bands around the world. In fact, every member of a marching ensemble relies on the snare's loud, high-pitched sound to stay on time.
In this catalog, you'll discover a wide range of marching snare drums from some of the most well-known brands in drums and percussion. Honestly, the right one for you will depend on a few factors, including your budget, and how its tone (and even appearance) fits with the rest of your drumline. Of course, how a snare sounds will also be influenced by your playing technique and whether you play with brushes, sticks or rutes. The materials used for the shell and head are also something you should think about.
With so many options, you might want to start your search with a top seller, like the Pearl Competitor Traditional Snare Drum. This 8-ply snare has a shimmering white finish and is made from mahogany for a tone that's rich in the upper harmonics. Additionally, it contains powerful 12-strand synthetic gut snares, 1.6mm steel hoops to enhance its durability and 10 die-cast zinc high-tension lugs to permit even tuning.
Or, if you prefer the warmth and resonance of a maple shell, check out the Tama Marching Maple Snare Drum. This 6-ply maple snare is the result of Tama's skills and knowledge of what today's marching snare drummer demands most: total control over their performance and easy, user friendly adjustments. Boasting a high-position strainer, a free-floating detachable gut frame and 2 buzzkiller mutes to adjust the length of the guts, the Tama Marching Maple Snare was truly made for the parade square.
And your choices don't end there; there's simply too many to name here, so at this point we'll let you do some browsing of your own. The importance of the snare drum in a marching band cannot be stressed enough - and by exploring each of your options closely, you can be sure that the one you ultimately choose blends perfectly with your battery.