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When Did Marching Band Become A Thing?

Marching bands have a long and rich history, dating back hundreds of years. The earliest marching bands documented by historians were military marching bands from the Ottoman Empire in the 13th century. Military bands were used to provide music for marching soldiers and the practice continued throughout the world for centuries. These bands were typically made up of drums and bugles or trumpets, and they played a variety of military marches and other patriotic tunes.

The first civilian marching bands appeared in the United States in the early 19th century. These bands were often associated with fraternal organizations, and they played at parades, festivals, and other public events.

One of the most famous early marching bands was the Fisk Jubilee Singers, who were formed in 1871 by a group of African American students at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. The group traveled throughout the United States and Europe, performing spirituals and other songs in a choral style.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, marching bands became increasingly popular in high schools and colleges across the United States. These bands typically featured brass and woodwind instruments, as well as percussion instruments such as snare drums and bass drums.

Today, marching bands are a common sight at sporting events, parades, and other public gatherings. They continue to evolve and innovate, incorporating new instruments and styles of music into their performances while still paying homage to the rich history of this beloved musical tradition.


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