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Do not miss the 2017 Aimachi color guard: Here's why
Few groups match Aimachi's skill at whipping the WGI crowd into a cheering frenzy. (Just try to watch this video of their 2015 performance without feeling genuine emotion.) The color guard from Japan has made periodic trips to the WGI World Championships for two decades, but Aimachi has announced that 2017 "will be Aimachi color guard's last visit to WGI for quite a while. It is the end of an era for these young men and women." Fortunately, you can watch the WGI World Championships live webcast. Aimachi's first performance will be Thursday, April 6 at 7:15 PM (Eastern) during Independent World prelims. Semi-finals and Finals take place Friday and Saturday evenings.

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Fundraising because ...
... the uniforms didn't even look good when they were new in 1972.
... the flags made out of draperies just didn't spin right.
... the tuba sounded better before it fell behind the bleachers.
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"Go Band!" Facebook post about team aspect of marching band goes viral
A social media post about the dedication and teamwork found in marching bands has gone viral, spreading a positive message about the marching activity to tens of thousands of readers (so far). Full story >>

Marching band member rolls through challenges of cerebral palsy
The marching community is being inspired by the Omaha World-Herald story of a band member who doesn't let cerebral palsy keep her off the field. See the story and video, plus view some other inspiring stories from the archives about performers who overcame obstacles to perform in marching band. Full story >> joins the national SupportMusic coalition to strengthen music education in schools
Support Music logo has joined the SupportMusic Coalition, a public service led by U.S.-based NAMM and MENC, that seeks to strengthen community commitment and support for quality music education in schools. Full story >>
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WGI World ChampionshipsAPRIL: WGI hosts World Championships for Color Guard plus Percussion and Winds over two weekends.

National Cherry Blossom Festival ParadeAPRIL 8: The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade celebrates spring in Washington, D.C.

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Winter Guard and Percussion Winter Circuit Championship Schedule
Champions will be crowned as winter guard and percussion circuits hold their 2017 championship events throughout March and April. View dates >>

Rose Parade 2018 Rose Parade marching band selections announced
The Tournament of Roses has officially announced the full lineup of marching units for the 2018 Rose Parade to be held Monday, January 1, 2018. The outstanding roster includes 22 bands from across the United States plus Canada, Australia, Panama and Japan. Full story >>

Air Blade by Band Shoppe You saw it in the Super Bowl
The "Air Blade" had a prominent role in Lady Gaga's Super Bowl halftime show. Take a look at the original article from 2008 when first wrote about this unique piece of guard equipment. Full story >>

2017 Rose Parade Photos Photo Feature: 2017 Rose Parade
View photos of all bands and floats from the Tournament of Roses Parade and Bandfest held December 30-January 2 in Pasadena. View gallery >>

2016 Bands of America Grand National Championship Photos Photo Feature: 2016 BOA Grand National Championships
View photos of all 36 semi-finalist bands from the Bands of America Grand National Championships held November 9-12 in Indianapolis. View gallery >>

Corso Zundert float Gigantic flower floats provide artistic display at 2016 Corso Zundert flower parade
Towering sculptures colored with dahlia blooms served as a testament to Dutch creativity during the annual "Corso Zundert" flower parade. View photos of the 20 magnificent floats — each covered with up to 500,000 flowers and rising up to three stories tall. View gallery >>

Summer training plan exercise guide Prep your body for marching season with this training plan by Rob Stein
Use the off-season to become lean and strong with this workout plan for marching athletes, complete with video demonstrations and free worksheet downloads to track your progress. Full story >>

Screenshot Opinion: Don't let fake news harm the marching activity
Social media is being flooded this week with misleading variations of a news story regarding marching bands and the 2017 Inaugural parade. Full story >>

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