A marching band is a band of musicians who like to march while playing their instruments. The most popular in the UK are brass, pipe, flute and military bands. The music has strong military and rousing process of marchers and they walk or march in step. The bands are always colourful with bright uniforms. As well as traditional parades many bands perform at events throughout the year and one of the most famous places in the world is the Edinburgh Tattoo. For over 50 years the Edinburgh Tattoo has been hosting events for the best bands in the world. Many bands perform here from almost every country in the world and mostly made up of military and pipe bands. This gives each band a chance to show off its own tradition and style. at
The Tattoo is an unforgettable experience and sight to see as the massed Scottish pipe bands march in full flow with the atmospheric scene of the castle in the background. Over 200,000 people attend the Tattoo each year with vast numbers 100,0000, watching on the television.Our band supplies shop helps keep these traditions going.
Military bands were the first bands, and no one really knows when this first started. It is well known the Romans had lots of bands historically the first of the various marching bands with the horn as the main instrument. If you want to see military marching bands in action, then there is no better place than Edinburgh either at the castle or at the tattoo where magical events and marches take place. Band march in perfect unison. One of the best bands in the Royal Marines often regarded as one of the world’s best military bands and play at most important events in the United Kingdom. Flute bands generally play in parades in the Marching season in Ireland and Scotland and the instruments are flutes and drums with a base drum at the front. There are over 500 parade in N Ireland and the tradition for this type of band is very strong.Scottish caps are very popular with any kind of band
There are still a good number of brass bands in Scotland and England but nowhere what it used to be, and the tradition is slowly fading as collier bands have almost disappeared. In times and not so long ago every collier had a band and miners played their instruments with great pride. As the colliers began to shut in the 1980s the number of bands decreased.
The pipe bands. It is reckoned that the pipes came to Scotland around the middle of the 15 century but some records exist for the date of 1395.In 1746, after the battle of Culloden it was the Governments wish to raise soldiers into highland regiments and they had pipers to accompany them into battle and this continued up to the second world war. Pipe bands now compete in competitions and the world championships was in Glasgow 2018. Bands from all over the world and as far off as Australia and Canada. Pipe bands vary in size but usually have lots of pipers and drummers. Military pipe bands have a drum major and are a wonderful site to see.
Flute Bands are still going strong with many different organisations having a band with flutes and drums.
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