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The Best College Marching Bands

Updated August 19, 2019 4.4k votes 595 voters 4.7k views73 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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    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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    Spirit of Troy

    College: University of Southern California

    Founded: 1918

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    Michigan Marching Band

    College: University of Michigan

    Founded: 1896

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    University of Texas Longhorn Band

    College: University of Texas at Austin

    Founded: 1900

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    University of California Marching Band

    College: University of California, Berkeley

    Founded: 1891

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    Clemson University Tiger Band

    College: Clemson University

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    Purdue All-American Marching Band

    College: Purdue University

    Founded: 1886

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    Blue Band

    College: Penn State University

    Founded: 1899

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    Marching Chiefs

    College: Florida State University

    Founded: 1939

     

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    University of Nebraska Cornhusker Marching Band

    College: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    Founded: 1879

     

     

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    University of Wisconsin Marching Band

    College: University of Wisconsin–Madison

    Founded: 1885

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    Aggie Marching Band

    College: Utah State University

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    Michigan State University Spartan Marching Band

    College: Michigan State University

    Founded: 1870

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    The Marching Virginians

    College: Virginia Tech

    Founded: 1974

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    Marching Mocs

    College: University of Tennessee

    Founded: 1886

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    The Marching Tar Heels

    College: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Founded: 1903

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    Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Marching Band

    College: Georgia Tech

    Founded: 1908

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    Gold Star Marching Band

    College: North Dakota State University

    Founded: 1902

     

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    Washington State University Cougar Marching Band

    College: Washington State University

    Founded: 1899

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    UCLA Bruin Marching Band

    College: UCLA

    Founded: 1921

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    University of Hawaii Marching Band

    College: University of Hawaii at Manoa

    Founded: 1923

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    Louisiana State University Tiger Marching Band

    College: Louisiana State University

    Founded: 1893

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    Marching Illini

    College:  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Founded: 1867

     

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    Bearkat Marching Band

    College: Sam Houston State University

    Founded: 1911