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The role of percussion is an absolutely essential one to the success of any marching band. Drums not only keep everybody in step on the field, they also give cues to the whole band to keep every section in unison with the others. Melodic percussion, like the glockenspiel, contributes an edge to the sound that balances out the brass. Whether you're playing percussion in a grade school, college or military band, you can be proud to march with a great instrument in front of you. At the heart of the band's percussion section are drums like the bass and toms. You'll find a wide assortment of those fundamental instruments here, along with all the hardware you need to carry them. If you're a daring drummer, you might try marching with multiple toms -- for that, you can find plenty of ready-made sets such as the Mapex Qualifier Multi Toms, which include 8", 10", 12" and 13" sizes.
Perhaps you like the idea of adding effects and brilliance to the band's music -- in that case, you might be a snare or cymbal player. These instruments bring character to the sound in a big way, and anyone who has seen a great snare drum solo will tell you just how performance-oriented this kind of percussion can be. Of course, a great performance deserves an equally great instrument, and there are plenty of snares and cymbals here to give you all the rattle and crash your band needs.
One of the best things about a marching band is that percussion often provides melody in addition to rhythm. If that's where your heart lies, then you're probably looking for instruments like the glockenspiel or marching bells. Fundamental to glock and drums bands, and an important component to the overall sound of many brass bands, these sorts of instruments are well-represented here along with all the hardware you need to march with them.
Skill, coordination, and high-quality instruments are among the chief ingredients in a successful marching band. With so many options to choose from, including leading builders like Premier, Yamaha and Pearl, this selection is sure to provide the percussion you're looking for as well as durability that you can count on through every march.
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