Top 10 College Marching Bands in the United States


The Top Ten

1 Western Carolina Pride of the Mountains

With a growing band of 480+ members, As of 2016 it has been considered the largest College Band in America.I mean, they even have a backup Marching Band for their Marching Band. This group incorporates technology as well as a rock band to blow away the crowd at every game. Just look up any of their videos on YouTube and see why it has been dubbed "The Baddest Band in the Land" and Number One on this list. - stonehands

This band is phenomenal! Never seen amy band like this one. Their size alone is mind boggling as you watch them do their formations. If you are lucky enough to see them in person, you Will be blown away!

Love, love, love this band. They are amazing! Love watching their halftime show every Saturday in the fall.

Pride of the Mountains is the best band and has been for a long time

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2 Ohio State The Best Damn Band in the Land

Living up to its hype is The Ohio State Buckeyes Marching band, the largest Brass and Percussion Band in America. This band is in the top of the list for its ability to keep creating innovative shows that can tell stories and bring smiles on anyone's face. Also it helps to know that they also make formations of characters like Thor and Michael Jackson that move. If that doesn't appease you, just watch what the drum major does and then you will be impressed. - stonehands

The iconic "Script Ohio" gets all the press, but the Ramp Entrance kick starts the adrenaline!

YES! I so want to go there just for there marching band. They are so amazing. - marchingband

Great band, good formation and my dad went there, so, kinda have to vote

3 Texas A&M Fightin' Texas Aggie Band

Known for their Military Like Precision, the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band(WO! ) is the only band to be played on Sports Television during halftime. In order to join this Corps you have to be trained in Basic Military Marching among other things. - stonehands

4 Southern University Human Jukebox

The Best Band in the WORLD!

The loudest Band on this list, you will not struggle at any point in time to hear them on the field, in the stands, or in a parade. This Band is one of the hardest working in the country and it shows in their performances. When you are from Mardi Gras Central, you know that a party must be given at every performance. - stonehands

From Pharrell, Drake and now Bruno Mars this band received SHOUTOUTS from those musical artist. Enough Said!

5 Jackson State "Boombox of the South"

Dubbed as the loudest band in the HBCU world, you know it's showtime when they step on the field. Errr... I mean take a thousand of them, as that is one of their famed moves. With Music that could bring together anyone and everyone from the past, present, and future - stonehands

6 Jacksonville State Marching Southerners

Jacksonville stands out with its jaw-dropping Halftime Shows. It is one of the few bands to not use traditional Marching Tubas or Sousaphones. This doesn't stop their shows as it stands out as one of those shows that you have to stay seated for. As their 2016 show has been considered the best college show of 2016 (Until number one came around) - stonehands

7 Tennessee Pride of the Southland Marching Band
8 Notre Dame Band of the Fighting Irish

How could one leave out the oldest band in America from a Top Marching Band list. While not towards the top this band is like a senior citizen who can still skate better than most pros. This is the Oldest College Band in America and it tends to show too. Packed with tradition in everything they do, its no wonder Marching Bands have stayed along for so long. A pre-game show they do is all that's needed to get into this band. Or just go to visit a well-noted tradition, the Trumpets under the Dome. - stonehands

9 The University of Massachusetts Amherst Minuteman Marching Band The Power and Class of New England
10 The Spirit of Troy, The University of Southern California Trojan Marching Band

The Greatest Marching Band in the history of the Universe with its many appearances in movies and preforming in two Summer Olympics (1932 & 1984) and having a platinum album with Fleetwood Mac's Tusk

The Contenders

11 Florida State University Marching Chiefs

Love how they enter Doak Campbell Stadium.

12 University of Michigan Michigan Marching Band
13 Purdue University Purdue All-American Marching Band
14 The Ohio University Marching 110

My band director went there - marchingband

MY BAND DIRECTOR WENT THERE! I heard its hard to get in. - marchingband

15 Penn State University Blue Band
16 North Carolina A&T Blue and Gold Marching Machine

Lower on the list, but certainly not forgotten is the Blue and Gold Marching Machine from NC A&T University. This band has gone down slightly in performance level but are known for their ability to switch up their Marching style and even perform amazing percussion tricks performed during most shows. Their range is almost insane, especially for their size. - stonehands

17 University of Arizona The Pride of Arizona
18 North Carolina State University The Power Sound of the South
19 University of California Davis Cal Aggie Marching Band-Uh!
20 The Solid Gold Sound The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Bruin Marching Band
21 The Oregon Marching Band (OMB), The University of Oregon Marching Band
22 Furman University Paladin Regiment
23 University of Miami (Fla) Band of the Hour
24 Pride of North Dakota Gold Star Marching Band University of North Dakota
25 University of Maryland Mighty Sound of Maryland
26 Slippery Rock University The Marching Pride
27 College of the Holy Cross "Goodtime" Marching Band
28 Morgan State University The Magnificent Marching Machine
29 Cal Poly University SLO Cal Poly Mustang Band The Pride of the Pacific
30 Elon University Fire of the Carolinas Marching Band
31 University of Texas at El Paso The Marching Miner Regiment
32 Grambling State University GSU Tiger Marching Band
33 The Pride of Arizona The University of Arizona Marching Band
34 The Stanford University Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band (LSJUMB)

One of the most controversial college marching bands in the country. With its tacky halftime shows lampooning opponents and being banned for life at Disneyland and being banned for preforming in last seasons football games.

35 Rice University Marching Owl Band (The MOB)
36 Texas Tech University Goin' Band from Raiderland Red Raider Marching Band
37 The University of Hawai'i Rainbow Warrior Marching Band
38 The Pride of the Rockies The University of Northern Colorado Marching Band
39 Spirit of San Antonio (SOSA) University of Texas San Antonio Roadrunner Marching Band
40 University of Kansas Marching Jayhawks
41 South Dakota State University Pride of the Dakotas
42 San Diego State University Marching Aztecs
43 Humboldt State University Marching Lumberjacks
44 Northern Arizona University Lumberjacks Marching Band
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Top Remixes

1. Western Carolina Pride of the Mountains
2. Ohio State The Best Damn Band in the Land
3. Texas A&M Fightin' Texas Aggie Band


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