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

World class instructional staff, students who push the bar and perform at an elite level, parent run committees with hundreds of volunteers. Carmel is a well oiled machine!

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.

Hardest working staff and students in the country, even managed a full show during covid while following all protocols! Just amazing! #1

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

2 Avon HS Marching Band - Avon, Indiana

World class program, always marching with technically difficult shows and music, and executing it in a way that only Avon can, is what makes me fall in love with this band over and over. And their attitudes towards competitive bands is always a delight to see. They don't seem to know "competition." Just a bunch of friends from different bands out there doing what they love, with common goals. These kids are amazing. The staff is phenomenal. And the parent support is unmatched.

The quality of their show is nothing short of excellent! The emotional moments that are felt, produced by the musical and visual elements that these kids create is unparalleled. They are precise, dedicated, unwavering, and some of the hardest working high schoolers I have seen. They cheer other bands on, showing respect and appreciation to adults and teammates alike. Refreshing and encouraging traits in today's youth no doubt.

I am so very proud of this band and could watch them perform over and over again, like listening to your favorite song over and over. They are precise. Their shows are never boring and take commitment and precision from each and every student. Every student in this band gives it their all time and time again. They are amazing and so are their performances!

As always, Avon stirs up so many emotions and moves me with their incredible show! So exhilarating, so full of passion, these kids are world class and they put it ALL out there on the field with an unmatched technically difficult show-musically and in movement. It's another beautifully executed Avon show you won't want to miss!

3 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.

Broken Arrow is one of the best bands I've ever seen and they just won BOA with the highest score ever!

Always a wonderful show. Hard working and always great to see your band perform.

Hardest working High School marching band I have ever seen!

4 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!

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
7 Petoskey HS Marching Band - Petoskey, Michigan

The best band in the state of Michigan! Such a joy to watch perform! 25% of the student body is in this phenomenal band program at their school!

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!

8 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

9 Godwin Heights HS Marching Band - Godwin Heights, Michigan

They got dope stuff

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

The Newcomers

? Hampton High School Marching Band - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Contenders
11 Flower Mound High School Marching Band - Flower Mound, Texas

Love you guys. So glad we got to meet you when we came to TX. Feel very proud to be an honorary TX band. "Avon Marching Black and Gold mom" Look forward to seeing you next Grand Nationals 2023

I'm from Marcus, Flower Mound's rival (wish we were on here) and I feel they should be in the top ten. They consistently have stunning visuals and incredibly creative field programs every year.

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

12 Vandegrift High School Marching Band - Austin, Texas

If the "marching" is one of the most important categories, Vandegrift band is the best. Unlike other bands that run and off props, they march in multiple formations with precision. By far the best MARCHING band in the country.

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

Juliet letters jar of hearts moment in their 2021 show was very powerful!

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

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

15 Hebron High School Marching Band, Carrollton Texas

Right now there is no more influential marching band in the nation than Hebron. The musical ripple effect from last year's show (Penstriped) took musicality to a much higher level in bands across the country and especially here in Texas. Everywhere you hear so much more double and triple tonguing, lightning fast runs, difficult intervals, etc. All of HS instrumental music is being pushed forward by this amazing Hebron phenomenon. And all while constantly moving at an ever increasing pace with perfect formations and glorious precision. Hebron right now, is on another planet! Bravo!,

Okay, this band is the best high school marching band in America. I don't even go here and I have watched their shows numerous times, they are way ahead of everyone else. This should be number 1!

I don't know why this isn't closer to the top 10! This band was going to perform in the Rose Bowl Parade before corona virus happened! Hebron has amazing musical talent and their marching is so great, including their choreo. Great mello line!

The best musical band in the country and it's not even close. Their trumpets are insane

16 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!

17 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!

Hands down should be in top 10!

18 Lassiter HS Marching Band - Marietta, Georgia

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!

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!

19 Coppell High School Band - Coppell, Texas

They are amazing!

20 New Oxford Marching Band - New Oxford, Pennsylvania

Obviously amazing, you go guys!

Amazing, no other words

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

21 Plainfield HS Marching Band - Plainfield, Indiana

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

22 Park Vista Performers - Lake Worth Florida

Big doesn't mean better.

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 Fort Mill HS Marching Band - Fort Mill, South Carolina
25 Norwin High School Marching Band - North Huntington Pennsylvania

Best band in the east!

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