Bands/Musicians The Best College Marching Bands  

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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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Sonic Boom of the South

College: Jackson State University

Founded: 1940s

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Ohio State University Marching Band

College: The Ohio State University

Founded: 1878

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Purdue All-American Marching Band

College: Purdue University

Founded: 1886

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University of Minnesota Marching Band

College: University of Minnesota

Founded: 1892

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Michigan State University Spartan Marching Band

College: Michigan State University

Founded: 1870

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Blue Band

College: Penn State University

Founded: 1899

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Hawkeye Marching Band

College: University of Iowa

Founded: 1881

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Marching Chiefs

College: Florida State University

Founded: 1939


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Marching Southerners

College: Jacksonville State University

Founded: 1956

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UCLA Bruin Marching Band

College: UCLA

Founded: 1921

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University of Montana Grizzly Marching Band

College: University of Montana

Founded: Late 1800s


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Northwestern University Wildcat Marching Band

College: Northwestern University

Founded: 1911

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Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Marching Band

College: Georgia Tech

Founded: 1908

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Louisiana State University Tiger Marching Band

College: Louisiana State University

Founded: 1893

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Bulldog Marching Band

College: Samford University

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Band of the Fighting Irish

College: University of Notre Dame

Founded: 1846

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Spirit of Troy

College: University of Southern California

Founded: 1918

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The University of Pennsylvania Band

College: University of Pennsylvania

Founded: 1897

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RCC Marching Tigers

College: River City College

Founded: 1984

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Michigan Marching Band

College: University of Michigan

Founded: 1896

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University of California Marching Band

College: University of California, Berkeley

Founded: 1891

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The Regimental Band and Pipes

College: The Citadel

Founded: 1909

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University of Texas Longhorn Band

College: University of Texas at Austin

Founded: 1900

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University of Nebraska Cornhusker Marching Band

College: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Founded: 1879



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University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band

College: University of Massachusetts Amherst

Founded: 1873