Cincinnati is a marching band town. We are very fortunate here in the Tri-State to have terrific public high schools – and some private and parochial schools as well – with fully-fledged, long-running marching bands.
Even some of the smaller schools in southern Ohio and northern Kentucky have rich marching band traditions. Contributing to this culture is a wide array of music stores that rent marching instruments by the month or by the year. Several high schools have their own instrument libraries, from which students can “check out” their marching instruments for free.
Marching Band Instrument Lessons
Here at Toedtman School of Music, our one-on-one instructors teach on several instruments that your child may play in the marching band. Our drum teachers teach every piece of the drum line, including the mallet instruments of the pit ensemble. We teach many woodwinds on the field – including clarinet and all varieties of saxophone. Our brass instructors are trained in the full array of marching horns: trumpet, trombone, euphonium, French horn, baritone horn, and tuba.
The Benefits of Marching Band
The benefits of marching band participation are many. The camaraderie of the marching band, the “good influence” of fellow teenaged musicians, and the self-discipline of learning the halftime show can truly enrich a student’s high school experience. Plus, the experience can be tremendously fun. The out-of-town marching competition field trips, the hanging out in the stands for football games, and the goofy humor of the band room are often inspiring and joyous.
In this essay, 10 Ways High School Marching Band Prepared Me For College, Madi Spector does a bang-up job explaining how her marching band tenure helped her be “the best version of myself that I could possibly imagine.”
For Cincinnati music lessons, specifically for marching band instrument lessons — contact Toedtman School of Music by calling 513.772.7900, or by filling out our contact form.