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 High School Marching Bands

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!


Indiana rules

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.

There the best

Hardest working High School marching band I have ever seen!

Dom is the best lol

3 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!

Best Trumpet section in the world they are amazing at what they do. Best TRUMPETS!

They were so polished and the acting was so good it really got me invested in the whole story

4 Reeths-Puffer HS Marching Band - Muskegon, Michigan
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

Super band

6 Centerville HS "Jazz Band" - Centerville, Indiana

Centerville, Ohio!

7 Petoskey HS Marching Band - Petoskey, Michigan

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

Best band ever! Amazing sound and great movement!

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! - Turkeyasylum

8 Avon HS Marching Band - Avon, Indiana

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.

Consistently has the best scores in the country. World class

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

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

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

Amazing band program!

100 percent marcus high school

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.

Practice the hardest

Best music.

13 Walled Lake Central HS Marching Band - Walled Lake, Michigan
14 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.

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)

Great, great band. Great director!

It's good.

15 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!

Amazing, no other words

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

16 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.

Rose Parade performance was amazing!

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!

17 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.

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.

I too am surprised not to see on list

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

18 Park Vista Performers - Lake Worth Florida

Big doesn't mean better.

19 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!

20 Norwin High School Marching Band - North Huntington Pennsylvania

Best band in the east!

I'm in it!

Shutj tups ksiki is wayhy abetter mann ):(

21 Coppell High School Band - Coppell, Texas

Very good.

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 Oak Mountain Spirit of Cahaba Marching Band - Birmingham, Alabama

I watched this band’s performance yesterday and there’s no doubt they deserve to be one of the top matching programs.

Award-Winning and Amazing! This band is going places, and has already played at so many festivals throughout the nation! Bravo!

25 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!

So good!

26 Vero Beach High School Marching Band - Vero Beach, FL

Amazing Marching Band!

One of the best high school band programs in the country!

27 Timber Creek HS Marching Band - Keller, Texas

I go there lol

28 Kennesaw Mountain High School Marching Band - Kennesaw, Georgia


29 Waxahachie HS Marching Band - Waxahachie TX




30 Desert Vista Thunder Marching Band - Phoenix, Arizona

7 time state champions in the last 8 years - Tristpop4

31 Lake Park HS Marching Band - Roselle, Illinois

Very good band

32 Plainfield HS Marching Band - Plainfield, Indiana

There performance in issma state finals was amazing considering it was their first year!

33 Hickory HS Marching Band - Chesapeake Virginia


we da best

Da best

34 Delaware Hayes Grand Pacer Marching Band - Delaware, Ohio


35 Moore HS Marching Band - Moore, OK

Their show has loads of passion!

36 Bethel Park Marching Band - Bethel Park, Pennsylvania
37 Spring HS Marching Band - Spring, Texas
38 Susquehannock Marching Band - Glen Rock PA

They aight I guess

They bout aight

39 Westfield HS Marching Band - Houston, Texas
40 Rocky Mount HS Marching Band - Rocky Mount, North Carolina
41 Southmoore HS Sabercat Marching Band - Moore, OK
42 Grand Haven Marching Band - Grand Haven, Michigan

It may be ridiculous to add my own school on here, but we actually almost beat Petosky's show at an invitational. - Turkeyasylum

Rly good lol

43 Northern Guilford High School Marching Band - Greensboro, North Carolina

They crush battle of the bands

44 North Hagerstown High School Marching Band - Hagerstown, Maryland
45 Ferndale HS Marching Band - Ferndale, Michigan
46 Whitesboro HS Marching Band - Whitesboro, Texas
47 Cascade HS Marching Band - Turner, Oregon
48 Chartiers Valley Showband - Bridgeville, Pennsylvania
49 New Oxford Marching Band - New Oxford
50 The Woodlands HS Marching Band - The Woodlands, Texas

I love their shows!

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