Marching definitions

This page provides marching band terms and their definitions.

Marching fundamentals from  www.dynamicband.com/Fundamentals.doc

A guide is needed for all members to detail the instructions for marching fundamentals and maneuvers.
  • Parade Rest
    The purpose of Parade Rest is for the band to be in a uniform position ready to move to attention (or relax/at ease).
  • Attention
    The purpose of Attention is for the band to be in a uniform position ready to begin marching or bring instruments up to playing position.
  • Horns Up
    Instruments must be brought up to playing position with a quick precise movement.
  • Horns Down
    Instruments must return to the attention position with a quick precise movement. At times, a slow Horns Down is effective as well.
  • Mark Time
    Mark Time is marching in place with no forward motion.
  • Halt
    Halt stops the movement of either Mark Time or Forward March.
  • Forward March
    Forward March is the basic technique to move forward with a smooth glide step.
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