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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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Ohio State University Marching Band

College: The Ohio State University

Founded: 1878

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University of Wisconsin Marching Band

College: University of Wisconsin–Madison

Founded: 1885

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Marching Illini

College:  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Founded: 1867

 

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Blue Band

College: Penn State University

Founded: 1899

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Louisiana State University Tiger Marching Band

College: Louisiana State University

Founded: 1893

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Purdue All-American Marching Band

College: Purdue University

Founded: 1886

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Marching Southerners

College: Jacksonville State University

Founded: 1956

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University of California Marching Band

College: University of California, Berkeley

Founded: 1891

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University of Texas Longhorn Band

College: University of Texas at Austin

Founded: 1900

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Marching Chiefs

College: Florida State University

Founded: 1939

 

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Michigan Marching Band

College: University of Michigan

Founded: 1896

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Rutgers University Marching Scarlet Knights

College: Rutgers University

Founded: 1915

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Michigan State University Spartan Marching Band

College: Michigan State University

Founded: 1870

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Sonic Boom of the South

College: Jackson State University

Founded: 1940s

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University of Washington Husky Marching Band

College: University of Washington

Founded: 1929

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Sacramento State Marching Band

College: California State University, Sacramento

Founded: 1958

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Princeton University Band

College: Princeton University

Founded: 1919

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University of Nebraska Cornhusker Marching Band

College: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Founded: 1879

 

 

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Spirit of Troy

College: University of Southern California

Founded: 1918

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Gold Star Marching Band

College: North Dakota State University

Founded: 1902

 

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Marching Mizzou

College: University of Missouri

Founded: 1885

 

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University of Minnesota Marching Band

College: University of Minnesota

Founded: 1892

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Washington State University Cougar Marching Band

College: Washington State University

Founded: 1899

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University of Montana Grizzly Marching Band

College: University of Montana

Founded: Late 1800s

 

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Cavalier Marching Band

College: University of Virginia

Founded: 2003