When the marching band starts playing at halftime or during a parade, there are certain instruments that have an exceptionally distinct sound, something that you can hear and recognize instantly. Those include marching cymbals, which are some of the best instruments for making a grand entrance, as they announce your presence even to those still far away.
Marching cymbals are widely-used percussion instruments and always come in pairs. They are round and thin, made from various alloys, which is a blend of certain metals. To create the sound for which they are so well-known, cymbals must be crashed together with a lot of force, so they must be made to be extremely durable. Cymbals have existed for thousands of years, dating back to Babylon and ancient Rome. Historically, they have been used in much more than marching bands, and you will find them in temples, places of worship, and for certain entertainment purposes, like shows or choral recitals.
The anatomy of the instrument is what helps it to make such a large, loud sound. A hole in the center secures the straps that help a player to hold it while marching. The bell is the raised portion around the center, while the bow is the area that surrounds it. From there, there are two areas, the ride and crash. The ride area is closest to the bell and is a thicker section, while the crash is the thinner section near the edge. The edge, also known as the rim, is exactly what it sounds like, and encompasses the outer rim of the instrument. All of these pieces together combine to help create that distinctive cymbal sound.
We offer a variety of brands in our marching cymbals inventory, including Meinl, Zildjian, and Sabian, just to name a few. Each one of these brands has proven themselves in the industry. We have made it our mission to only provide our customers the best products available on the market, and these brands provide that. We have a variety of instruments that are perfect for a range of players, whether it is their first year in marching band or they have reached the highest collegiate and professional ranks.
If you have any questions about our selection, please feel free to reach out to one of our customer service representatives. They’ll be happy to answer any questions and help you complete your order.