Fun and popular examples & ideas for music for marching band

If you’re looking for a new piece of music to help you practice, hoping to master a new style or you are in need of some inspiration for your next performance, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of music for march band - providing you with fun and popular ideas for your next project. 

Music for marching band

When searching for new music for marching band and/or looking for inspiration, there are so many things to consider, such as: 

    • The occasion: will you and your band be performing at a formal event, as part of a show/showcase, a military event, or do you simply need something to practice with?
    • Your confidence level and ability: are you an experienced professional or a beginner? 
  • Your preferred style: do you and/or your marching band prefer slow, atmospheric pieces or high energy, fast paced music?
  • Traditional or contemporary: are you looking for a piece of marching band music that’s traditional or contemporary?

  • Considering these elements as you search will help you more easily select the ideal piece of music. 

    Our music recommendations & ideas

    Spanish Dance by Shostakovich: high energy, fast paced and as fun to play as it is to listen to, Spanish Dance is a fantastic choice for bigger scale performances, and is shore to excite any audience. 

    Navy Blue and Gold by Commander Roy de Saussure Horn (USNA Class of 1915) and J. W. Crosby: the alma mater of the U.S. Naval Academy, Navy Blue and Gold was written in 1923, this atmospheric piece of music is the perfect ceremonial piece; full of emotion and tradition. 

    From Now on by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul: well-known, contemporary and exceptionally fun, this iconic piece of music from the film ‘The Greatest Showman’ is sure to bring an incredible energy to any performance. 

    Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond: a relatively simple piece to play, and probably Neil Diamond’s most well-known song, Sweet Caroline is also incredibly easily recognisable; an overall crowd pleaser! 

    Pop Goes the Canon Composed by Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706): otherwise known as Canon in D or Canon in D Major, this is an undeniably stunning piece of music, so well known and well loved by so many.

    There are so many beautiful pieces of music for marching band; contemporary, popular, classical and ceremonial - the examples we’ve detailed above are simply a tiny selection of possibilities but, we hope, will inspire you greatly. 

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