Top 10 College Marching Bands in the United States


The Top Ten

1 Western Carolina Pride of the Mountains

They are one of the best bands right now. There shows are amazing to watch and blow you away. They are bringing 535 members to the 2019 Thanksgiving Macy's day Parade in New York.

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!

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

2 Ohio State The Best Damn Band in the Land

The fact of the matter is this: when you look up a list of top college marching bands, it isn't a question as to if Ohio State is on the list; its how high up on the list they are going to be placed. This band might not be the best playing, nor the best marchers, but they are by far the best marching and playing band in the country. Most college marching bands will move for one or two songs in their show, then plant and play for the rest. The only time this band plants and plays is if they want to give their drum major some sunlight. The shows are as intricate as they are impressive. Just watch the way this band carries themselves on gameday. They know they are the best.

This band will always blow your mind. There is never a dull or boring moment. When they come on the field they own it!

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

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

3 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!

4 Jacksonville State Marching Southerners

Should now me the one of the largest, if not the largest, with 556 members marching this year!

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



5 Texas A&M Fightin' Texas Aggie Band

Best band in the world

Superior precision, excellent musical selections!

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

6 Jackson State "Boombox of the South"

The boom is the best!

the best

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

7 University of Michigan Michigan Marching Band
8 Tennessee Pride of the Southland Marching Band
9 Purdue University Purdue All-American Marching Band
10 Notre Dame Band of the Fighting Irish

Best band in the land

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

The Newcomers

? Alabama State Mighty Marching Hornets

The Contenders

11 Florida State University Marching Chiefs

They have some of the best stand songs and music that they play! they also have a very powerful and excellent band! shutout to my friend Austin who plays trumpet as a marching cheif!

Love how they enter Doak Campbell Stadium.

12 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

13 Michigan State University Spartan Marching Band

Excellent sound from top to bottom. Leadership had been excellent for 40+ years and continues to excel. You'll want to follow THE Spartan Marching Band the entire day of a game.. beginning w/ the traditional 'March to the Stadium' and then THE AWE DROPPING 'kick-step' into Spartan Stadium. Check them out on YouTube...

Easily beats UofM! These guys (and gals) are supes amazing live! Unlike UofM, I can stay awake while they play! Usually, I fall asleep until the game in Ann Arbor! MSU is top 5 easily. Peace out!

Strong history of tradition, innovation, and excellence. The Kickstep, original chair step, The Series, home of patterns in motion, amazing award winning drumline, traditional a capella singing of the MSU Shadows alma mater, Big 10, supportive alumni, alumni band, This is an outstanding band! Give Sparty some love!

14 Penn State University Blue Band
15 The Ohio University Marching 110

My band director went there - marchingband

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

16 The University of Massachusetts Amherst Minuteman Marching Band The Power and Class of New England
17 Texas Tech University Goin' Band from Raiderland Red Raider Marching Band

I cannot believe that this band is not ranked any higher. The are amazing.

18 University of Arizona The Pride of Arizona
19 University of California Marching Band "Cal Band"

Plays classics, marches, and popular music. Real musicianship. Balanced instruments, unlike Ohio state and u$c, which are heavily weighted toward brass. Cal Band marches and performs moving formations, unlike bands that call themselves marching bands but actually mostly stand around and blow hard.

Not so many marches or classics anymore... more pop music which the alumni don’t understand. Good sousaphones and trombones.

20 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

21 Grambling State University GSU Tiger Marching Band
22 University of Maryland Mighty Sound of Maryland
23 Cal Poly University SLO Cal Poly Mustang Band The Pride of the Pacific
24 University of Texas at El Paso The Marching Miner Regiment
25 The Solid Gold Sound The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Bruin Marching Band
26 North Carolina State University The Power Sound of the South
27 Elon University Fire of the Carolinas Marching Band
28 The Pride of Arizona The University of Arizona Marching Band
29 Rice University Marching Owl Band (The MOB)
30 University of California Davis Cal Aggie Marching Band-Uh!
31 Spirit of San Antonio (SOSA) University of Texas San Antonio Roadrunner Marching Band
32 University of Kansas Marching Jayhawks
33 Humboldt State University Marching Lumberjacks
34 Northern Arizona University Lumberjacks Marching Band
35 The Oregon Marching Band (OMB), The University of Oregon Marching Band
36 Furman University Paladin Regiment
37 University of Miami (Fla) Band of the Hour
38 Pride of North Dakota Gold Star Marching Band University of North Dakota
39 Slippery Rock University The Marching Pride
40 College of the Holy Cross "Goodtime" Marching Band
41 Morgan State University The Magnificent Marching Machine
42 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.

43 The University of Hawai'i Rainbow Warrior Marching Band
44 The Pride of the Rockies The University of Northern Colorado Marching Band
45 South Dakota State University Pride of the Dakotas
46 San Diego State University Marching Aztecs
47 Texas Tech University Goin' Band from Raiderland

Who's the best band in the land?!
Wreck 'Em Tech!

48 Stanford Junior Band

Stupid, juvenile, often obscene, bad taste, lacks musical talent, runs around instead of marching

49 University of Alabama Million Dollar Marching Band
50 Oklahoma State University Cowboy Marching Band
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