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Minnesota bands elevate the art of street marching
Minnesota's summer parade season has more than 20 competitive events culminating with the Vikingland Band Festival parade marching championship. This video from 2006 features Park Center High School's Cirque du Soleil show, which earned awards for first place, best color guard and best winds in the large school class, and was just 3-tenths from the overall Grand Champion award. The 2017 event takes place in Alexandria, Minnesota, on Sunday, June 25. This year's parade features 22 units including special guests Minnesota Brass and River City Rhythm Drum & Bugle Corps.

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Macy's announcing 2018 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Band Selections

"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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Calgary Stampede Parade and Showbands LiveJULY 7-11: The Calgary Stampede Parade and Showbands Live feature bands from around the world.

National Independence Day Parade JULY 4: Bands from 17 states will march in in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington, DC.

Philadelphia Independence Day Parade JULY 4: The historic United States of America Independence Day Parade in Philadelphia marches in front of Independence Hall.

Gatlinburg 4th of July Midnight Parade JULY 4: The Gatlinburg 4th of July Midnight Parade has a tradition as the "first" July 4th parade in the nation each year.

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Air Blade by Band Shoppe 2017 Portland Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade Lineup
View the complete lineup for Portland's signature parade, featuring floral-covered floats plus 13 marching bands from three states and Taiwan. Full story >>

2017 WGI Championships Photos Photo Feature: 2017 WGI Championships
View photos of more than 200 percussion ensembles, winter guards and winds units from the WGI World Championships held in Dayton, Ohio, over two weekends in April. 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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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