Drum Corps vs. Marching Band: What’s the Difference?

Reported by: Ariana Gleason

Marching band. A form of art that allows kids to compete or perform in the fall and march in parades in the spring. A safe place for musicians to express themselves and feel included  in a school setting. The stepping stones leading to the greener side (because more water is required;) drum corps. “Drum corps is the NFL of marching band. It’s more work, and it’s a professional activity.” (Kaitaya Barrett) “Marching band is like being a varsity athlete while Drum Corps is more similar to being an Olympic athlete.” (Chase Parks) Basically, the difference between marching band and drum corps is simple, theoretically; subtract the woodwinds, add more sound, and you’ve got your product; a drum corps. But, when students who’ve been involved in both comment on what they believed the difference was, there answers stretched deeper. “Marching band is a bunch of kids playing songs to stretch their talent, while drum corps is filled with serious people, adults and teenagers, with serious passion and skill.” (Braiden McDaniel) “Marching band is for people who enjoy music, drum corps is for people who love music more than life.Some people enjoy the fun in marching band, and while that’s still there in drum corps, the intensity gets a lot higher, and some people don’t want to go to that level.” (Benjamin St. Clair) Marching band and drum corps both have their own perks and differences, but one similarity that stretches through them both is obvious; they create a family.


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