Marching Band Handbook

Marching Fundamentals All members will be drilled and tested on all fundamentals. Commands maybe vocal, whistle, or by hand commands.

I Stationary Positions and Movement

A. Position of Attention

  • 1. This is the primary and most important fundamental position. All movements, facings, drills and maneuvers are completed from this position. 2. The command is given like this: Count: 1 2 3 4 1 Band Ten Hut! (band) UP! 1
  • 3. Members snap lift right foot to chair position on beat 4 saying "up" and place it next to the left foot on beat 1 saying "1." Feet are together, stomach in, chest out, shoulders back, chin up, and eyes looking straight ahead. All members should remain stationary and silent when at attention.

B. Horns-Up / Horns-Down

  • 1. This command is used to raise or lower the instruments to and from playing position.
  • 2. The command is given like this: Count: 1 2 3 4 Band Horns Up (echo) "Up" Band Horns Down "Down"
  • 3. Members are to raise or lower their instruments in the tempo given by the commands.

C. Right Face

  • 1. This movement is used to turn the band to face the right.
  • 2. The command is given like this: Count: 1 2 3 4 Right Face (echo right face)
  • 3. On beat 3 pivot 90 degrees to the right by turning on the right heel and the ball of the left foot, on beat 4 left foot is brought back into position.

D. Left face

  • 1. This movement is used to turn the band to face the left.
  • 2. The command is given like this: Count: 1 2 3 4 Left Face (echo left face)
  • 3. On beat 3 pivot 90 degrees to the left by turning on the left heel and the ball of the right foot, on beat 4 right foot is brought back into position.

E. About Face

  • 1. This move is used to face the band to the rear.
  • 2. The command is given like this: Count: 1 2 3 4 About Face (echo about face)
  • 3. On beat 3 the right foot is placed a foot's length behind the left foot. Pivot 180 degrees to the right and return the right foot next to the left foot.

F. At Ease - Parade Rest

  • 1. This move is used when the band needs to remain in position but it is necessary to be at attention.
  • 2. The command is given like this: Count: 1 2 3 4 At Ease
  • 3. On beat three the right foot is placed shoulder widths apart and the left hand is placed palm facing out behind the back. Instruments are held on the right side with of the body with the right hand.

 

II. Moving Commands

A. Mark Time

  • 1. All movement is done from this position. It can be described as "marching in place".
  • 2. The command is given like this: Count: 1 2 3 4 Mark Time whistle: ________________________________________ _____ ______ _____ ______

B. Forward March -

  • 1. The marching style used by this band is the "roll step". It is performed by rolling the foot in a heel - toe motion as the weight shifts on each foot. The next foot is placed 22 1/2 inches away (8 steps to every 5 yards).
  • 2. The command is given like this: Count: 1 2 3 4 Forward March whistle _________________ __ ____ ____ ____
  • 3. The tempo of the command is the tempo by which the player moves. On count "4" the right foot locks and the left foot is extended 22 1/2 inches in front of the right foot, preparing to be placed on beat 1. The right heel lands 22 1/2 inches away on beat 2.

C. Halt

  • 1. This commands stops the band.
  • 2. The command is given like this: Count: 1 2 3 4 Band Halt whistle _________________ ____ ___ ___ ____
  • 3. On beat four the right foot locks into place.

D. March Through (Rear March)

  • 1. March through changes the direction of the band to the opposite direction.
  • 2. The command is given like this: Count: 1 2 3 4 To the Rear March whistle ____ ____ __________________
  • 3. After the signal is given the band continues 4 steps forward, pivot to the left 90 degrees while stepping onto the left foot, step right, pivot to the left 90 degrees while stepping, continue marching in the new direction.