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The Best College Marching Bands 

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Updated August 19, 2019 2.9k votes 466 voters 3.4k views 73 items

Forget everything you think you know about college marching bands. Today, the best college marching bands do not simply perform generic halftime shows and make noise during big football plays. The modern football fan gets treated to elaborate halftime performances with highly stylized choreographed routines that sometimes even trump the actual game.

US college marching bands have been around for well over 100 years. The traditional marching band features woodwind, brass, and percussion. Most collegiate marching bands wear coordinating military-style uniforms with the logo/name of their college. Several marching bands also use flags, rifles, or some other kind of prop in their routines. 

Check out some amazing performances by the best collegiate marching bands in the country. Members practice 20 maybe even 30 hours a week, and not only perform at games, but also compete in national competitions. Which are the best college marching bands? Make your voice heard and vote for your favorites.

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Ohio State University Marching Band

College: The Ohio State University

Founded: 1878

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Sonic Boom of the South

College: Jackson State University

Founded: 1940s

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Michigan Marching Band

College: University of Michigan

Founded: 1896

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Purdue All-American Marching Band

College: Purdue University

Founded: 1886

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University of Wisconsin Marching Band

College: University of Wisconsin–Madison

Founded: 1885

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Blue Band

College: Penn State University

Founded: 1899

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Michigan State University Spartan Marching Band

College: Michigan State University

Founded: 1870

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Marching Mocs

College: University of Tennessee

Founded: 1886

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The Marching Virginians

College: Virginia Tech

Founded: 1974

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Spirit of Troy

College: University of Southern California

Founded: 1918

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University of California Marching Band

College: University of California, Berkeley

Founded: 1891

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The Marching Tar Heels

College: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Founded: 1903

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Mighty Marching Panther Band

College: Clark Atlanta University

 

 

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Aggie Marching Band

College: Utah State University

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Marching Illini

College:  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Founded: 1867

 

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University of Nebraska Cornhusker Marching Band

College: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Founded: 1879

 

 

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University of Pittsburgh Varsity Marching Band

College: University of Pittsburgh

Founded: 1911

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Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Marching Band

College: Georgia Tech

Founded: 1908

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University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band

College: University of Massachusetts Amherst

Founded: 1873

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Louisiana State University Tiger Marching Band

College: Louisiana State University

Founded: 1893

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Marching Southerners

College: Jacksonville State University

Founded: 1956

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University of Minnesota Marching Band

College: University of Minnesota

Founded: 1892

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Marching Chiefs

College: Florida State University

Founded: 1939

 

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Highty-Tighties

College: Virginia Tech

Founded: 1893

 

 

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Indiana University Marching Hundred

College: Indiana University

Founded: 1896