Can marching bands play an integral role in professional football? Many groups have proven that they can and do.
By Eddie Carden
Turn back the clock to the 1940s, and you’ll find the origins of the NFL’s two longest-lasting (and only remaining) marching bands. Baltimore’s Marching Ravens and the Washington Redskins Marching Band, who practice and perform less than 50 miles apart, keep their home crowds fired up and maintain two distinct marching traditions.
These two full-sized marching bands anchor a long-tenured professional football music tradition, but just because they’re the only marching bands in the NFL doesn’t mean the rest of the league is left out in the cold.
The NFL’s music tradition has exploded in recent years to include at least seven new music groups, including five drum lines. Marching bands and smaller ensembles have football fans rallying behind their teams and clamoring for more.
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- Marching Band Photos (wbbands.info)