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Marching Band Trivia Quiz Questions with Answers

Trivia questions with answers about marching bands

What is a marching band?
A: A marching band is a group of instrumental musicians who perform while marching, often for entertainment or competition.

Instrumentation typically includes what?
A: Brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments.

Most marching bands wear what?
A: A uniform, often of a military-style, that includes an associated organization's colors, name or symbol.

Most high school marching bands, and some college marching bands, are accompanied by what?
A: A color guard, a group of performers who add a visual interpretation to the music through the use of props, most often flags, rifles, and sabers.

Marching bands are generally categorized by what?
A: Function, size, age, instrumentation, marching style, and type of show they perform.


In addition to traditional parade performances, many marching bands also perform what?
A: Field shows at sporting events and marching band competitions.

Increasingly, marching bands perform at what?
A: Indoor concerts that implement many songs, traditions, and flair from outside performances.

In some cases, at higher level competitions, bands will be placed into classes based on what?
A: School size.

Since ancient times percussion and wind instruments were used on what?
A: The battlefield.

An Iron Age example would be what?
A: The carnyx.


The development of the military band from such predecessors was a gradual development of what period?
A: The medieval and early modern period.

The European tradition of military bands formed when?
A: In the Baroque period, partly influenced by the Ottoman tradition.

17th-century traveler Evliya Çelebi noted the existence of what?
A: 40 guilds of musicians in Istanbul.

In the 18th century, each regiment in the British Army maintained what?
A: Its own military band.

Until 1749 bandsmen were what?
A: Civilians hired at the expense of the colonel commanding a regiment.


Subsequently, they became regular enlisted men who accompanied the unit on active service to provide what?
A: Morale enhancing music on the battlefield or, from the late nineteenth century on, to act as stretcher bearers.

Instruments during the 18th century included what?
A: Fifes, drums, the oboe (hautbois), French horn, clarinet, and bassoon.

Drummers summoned men from their farms and ranches to what?
A: To muster for duty.

In the chaotic environment of the battlefield, musical instruments were the only means of doing what?
A: Commanding the men to advance, stand or retire.

In the mid-19th century, each smaller unit had what?
A: Their own fifer and drummer, who sounded the daily routine.


When units massed for battle what was formed for the whole?
A: A band of musicians.

In the United States, modern marching bands are most associated with performing during what?
A: American football games.

What is the oldest American college marching band?
A: The University of Notre Dame Band of the Fighting Irish.

It was founded in 1845 and first performed at a football game in what year?
A: 1887.

Many American universities had marching bands before the twentieth century, which were typically associated with what?
A: Military ROTC programs.


In 1907, breaking from traditional rank and file marching, the first pictorial formation on a football field was what?
A: The "Block P" created by Paul Spotts Emrick, director of the Purdue All-American Marching Band.

Spotts had seen a flock of birds fly in a "V" formation and decided what?
A: That a band could replicate the action in the form of show formations on a field.

The first halftime show at an American football game was performed by whom?
A: The University of Illinois Marching Illini, also in 1907, at a game against the University of Chicago.



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