Top Ten High School Marching Bands

Just about every school features their own marching band, whether the band competes in state, national and world competition or is just for show. Some high schools even find their band to be the most important part of the school, and students devote huge portions of their time to the activities. What are the best high school marching bands, in your opinion?
The Top Ten
1 Carmel HS Marching Band - Carmel, Indiana

Incredible program, incredible work ethic, incredible staff. Artistic and powerful. Many of the bands are very powerful or very artistic, but few pull off a balance as well as Carmel.

They are very hardworking, and they are dedicated to being the best possible marching band they can be!

Amazing staff and by far best performance. In addition did a full show through covid.


2 The Pride of Broken Arrow - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

It’s a close call amongst the best bands in America, but I can conclusively say that Broken Arrow boasts the best band out there.

Hardest working High School marching band I have ever seen!

Carmel only wins because they barely have to travel

Love this organization

3 Reeths-Puffer HS Marching Band - Muskegon, Michigan

Best band ever. Such a dedicated staff and student performers. 2013 and 2014 were some of their best shows! Such emotion radiating from the band throughout the entire thing!

An incredible program with incredible staff dedicated to the development of musicianship and character!

Hard work and dedication mixed with fun and family. The shows are wonderful and emotional

Hard working kids!

4 Pride of Bixby, Bixby HS - Bixby, OK

Bixby's success starts with the directors and their high expectations. The high level of excellence that is achieved by these high school students rivals musicians much older. They work hard and support each other. The support staff, volunteers, parents and many others help make this band the best it can be. We are so proud of them all.

You'd never imagine these kids are only highschool musicians. Their sound is so polished, elevated, outstanding! They never shy away from complicated songs. The directors get kudos for bringing out the best in these young musicians!

They are the hardest working, most dedicated and great bunch of kids. I love watching them! Only the brave wear white! Won grand champion two years in a row at Owasso invitational!

Bixby always has a unique and perfected show design that they’ve shown the world. I truly love watching their shows! Who knew Oklahoma was known for their marching bands

5 Jenison HS Marching Band - Jenison, Michigan

The show is super dynamic and everyone seems to be talking about it in Michigan!

There the best

6 Centerville HS "Jazz Band" - Centerville, Indiana

Centerville, Ohio!

7 Petoskey HS Marching Band - Petoskey, Michigan

These guys dominate where ever they go! My greatest memory was 2017 Jenison HS competition. They made the stadium shake and got a standing ovation! Just an amazing marching band program year over year! Although we go to watch our son who plays for a different school the parents anxiously await to watch them perform. Keep playing!

These people are like marching band gods! They have about 1,000 people in the whole school, and 250 in their band! They have 7 bass drums in their drumline, and a HUGE sideline! They have a huge budget, and they are a joy to watch!

Best band ever! Amazing sound and great movement!

This high school has amazing sound and an amazing look this high school has a huge side line over 9 tubas and only 200+ kids in the band

8 Avon HS Marching Band - Avon, Indiana

Year in and year out, Avon Marching Black and Gold are contenders for Bands of America national championship. Band parents always show respect to others and stand and applaud competitors, win or lose.

What set Avon apart from other bands, is the fact their band is moving constantly. Their shows are more in-depth and creative and their scores of music are fantastic.

Always have the hardest shows, good execution. Always strive for the best and are willing to work hard for it

Always had the most thought out shows and they practice harder than any other band.

9 Plymouth-Canton Educational Park HS Marching Band - Plymouth, Michigan

Great Program always entertaining

10 Godwin Heights HS Marching Band - Godwin Heights, Michigan

They got dope stuff

The Contenders
11 Flower Mound High School Marching Band - Flower Mound, Texas

This is one of the five best bands in America no matter how many votes they get. Bixby #3 really? A case can be made for Carmel and Broken Arrow. Bixby lostby 5points to the #12 band in Texas, Ld bell at the renegade review, flower mound was #2 at Texas uil marching championship, and number 1 at boa San Antonio.

The fact they aren't in the top 10 is appalling. One of the most decorated bands in the state of texas with brilliant shows every year

Extremely creative and unique show each year. Core to their program is the music and sound. Unbelievable.

We are going to the rose bowl this year

12 Vandegrift High School Marching Band - Austin, Texas

Fantastic show!
Beautiful colors!
Beautiful music!
Not a bunch of soloist.
A True Marching Band!

Best Music and Colorgaurd is different refreshing and more incorporated than others.

This band won the 2019 natuonal band award I was told?

Best band in the nation

13 Marian Catholic HS Marching Band - Chicago Heights, Illinois

I love the Marian catholic high school band. Always a nice selection of musics. The kids carry themselves in such a professional manner. Go Marian.

Great, great band. Great director!

They have won Illinois state university marching invitational for 30 years in a row (they did not last year because the finals competition was cancelled because of severe weather)

14 Walled Lake Central HS Marching Band - Walled Lake, Michigan
15 Homestead Spartan Alliance Band - Ft. Wayne, Indiana

They've won won Indiana state championships six times and have been state runner ups seven times. They earned 2nd place in Class AAA at the Bands of America Grand National Contest, winning a caption in Visual. They were also named a finalist in Grand Nationals, taking 8th overall. And now tell me why they aren't on the list.

I too am surprised not to see on list

I like their drill but their music and general effect ehhh...

6 state championships, 8 time state runner up, 31 years in a row being a state finalist, 4 time grand national finalist, and constant innovator. Very surprised not to see this on the list.

16 New Oxford Marching Band - New Oxford, Pennsylvania

Maybe not the best in the country but easily one of the better ones

Obviously amazing, you go guys!

Aight, I'll admit...they pretty lit for a high school band

Amazing, no other words

17 Lassiter HS Marching Band - Marietta, Georgia

Putting down the other band isn't the way to go for an announcer, but if it really happened, more power to them.
Just like 99% of the people who voted so far, I'm voting for the one I know.
These lists are horrible, always... fan polls are 100% biased, and subjective.
I've heard of Lassiter, so I voted for them.

Going to Lassiter! Band is Amazing! Last game announcer roasted other school I quote “Now for you real high school entertainment we give you the Lassiter high school marching band! ” I was like dang! Then they came out and absolutely SLAYED Queens Bohemian Rhaspoday should be the best in country! This was after the other high school had a girl who hit herself in the face with a flag and knocked herself out: Super Funny the other high schools was SUPER cheesy it was like some weird Halloween performance and basically the whole performance was some girl running around in a dress with a pumpkin with background music. Anyway Lassiter Band is amazing!

Rose Parade performance was amazing!

18 Jenks HS Marching Band - Jenks, Oklahoma

Literally always entertaining and not only entertaining but always performing at such a high level compared to really any high schools out there.

Jenks has improved so so much in recent years. I expect them to move towards better and brighter things in the years to come.

These guys have worked so hard this year to achieve their goals. I love their visuals, and I love their show!

19 Park Vista Performers - Lake Worth Florida

Big doesn't mean better.

20 Norwin High School Marching Band - North Huntington Pennsylvania

Beast of the east marched with them for 4 years

Best band in the east!

Shutj tups ksiki is wayhy abetter mann ):(

21 Coppell High School Band - Coppell, Texas
22 Fort Mill HS Marching Band - Fort Mill, South Carolina
23 L.D. Bell HS Marching Band - Hurst, Texas

One of the BEST bands l have ever heard in a long time. Most bands these days are nothing but broad way shows but Bell Band keeps it traditional with real marching

24 Londonderry Lancers - Londonderry, NH

I Love My Band Family. every one appreciates each other, and no one is rude. Also we have directors who want to help us improve no matter what.

Band is precise and amazing!

Traditional and fun!

Awesome Band

25 Timber Creek HS Marching Band - Keller, Texas

I go there lol

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