Reward your students with an overnight trip to a music festival or parade
There are a multitude of great Marching Band competitions, as well as Parade opportunities throughout the United States. Give your students the opportunity to be seen by thousand of people and meet other marching band students nationwide and around the world.
Marching Band Parade Participation Details:
For many parades, marching band participation is based on talent. Bands are evaluated largely on musicianship, ability to march while playing, and how much unique entertainment value they provide.
While marching in a parade may share many similarities with the settings your band is used to, it isn’t your typical half time show. Make sure to scout out the route before the day of the event so you can practice your turns and line up. If you are traveling to a different climate, make sure your band is prepared to march in the new weather, and have appropriate uniforms available. Also, you will need to take special care to stay hydrated, as you will be covering a longer distance.
Peak Performance Tours is the best thing going in group travel. The planning is fabulous. The tour guides are responsive, helpful and flexible. On a Peak Performance Trip I can do two things I never could before: spend the majority of my time actually being a teacher for my students AND I can actually enjoy the trip myself.
Chuck Schmidt, Band Director
The Langley School, McLean, VA
Some of the Parades Offering Marching Band Participation:
- The Tournament of Roses Parade – Pasadena, CA
- The President’s Inaugural Parade
- The St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Dublin, Ireland
- The St. Patrick’s Day Parade – New York, NY
- Honolulu Festival of Parade Bands – Honolulu, HI
- The Azalea Festival Parade – Norfolk, VA
- The Azalea Festival Parade – Wilmington, DE
- The Cherry Blossom Parade – Washington, D.C.
- The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Parade – Winchester, VA
- The Dogwood Festival Parade – Knoxville, TN
- The National Memorial Day Parade – Washington, D.C.
- The National Independence Day Parade – Washington, D.C.
- Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – New York, NY
- The Hollywood Christmas Parade – Hollywood, CA
- Waikiki Holiday Parade – Honolulu, HI
- The Magnificent Mile Parade – Chicago, IL
- The New Year’s Parade – London, England
- Rome’s New Year Parade – Rome, Italy
There are many opportunities to participate in a Bowl Game Parade or a Mass Band Halftime Show, here are a few of those Events:
- Outback Bowl Festival – Tampa Bay, FL
- Chick-fil-A Bowl Peach Bowl Festival – Atlanta, GA
- Florida Citrus Parade – Orlando, FL
- Daytona 500 – Daytona, FL
- AutoZone Liberty Bowl Dance & Cheer Program – Memphis, TN
- Discover Orange Bowl Dance & Cheer Program – Miami, FL
- Russell Athletic Bowl Marching Band Program – Orlando, FL
- TaxSlayer (Gator) Bowl Marching Band Program – Jacksonville, FL
- Valero Alamo Bowl Marching Band Program – San Antonio, TX