Why do marching bands dress like that?

During the middle ages, groups of marching musicians joined feudal armies, where their music was used to direct troops on the battlefield and to maintain morale. Like the soldiers in these armies, musicians wore plumes from local birds, specific colors, and distinct motifs to show their loyalty to a lord.

How many people are in the KU Marching Band?

The University of Kansas Marching Jayhawks Over 400 students participate in the various band ensembles offered at KU, and the Marching Jayhawks and pep bands represent students from nearly every major on campus – we invite you to become part of our family.

What are the parts of a marching band uniform?

The band uniform includes the following pieces:

  • Jacket.
  • Pants.
  • Gauntlets (Wrist Coverings)
  • White Gloves (Percussion sections do not wear gloves)
  • Shako (Hat) (Pit does not wear a Shako)
  • Plume (Feather that goes in the Shako)
  • Black Socks.
  • Black Dinkles (Shoes)

What does a marching band uniform look like?

Though some marching bands just wear tuxedos or matching shirts and pants to perform, the basic components usually involve an embroidered uniform jacket with matching pants, elaborate headgear, white gloves, coordinating boots, and occasionally some flair like a cape.

Is there an age limit on college marching band?

Certain circuits, schools, or competitions may have restrictions, but marching musicianship as a whole has no age limit. Whether it’s through an all-age group or a non-traditional-aged college student joining the band, older marchers are having the time of their lives while surrounded by bandmates many years younger.

Does KU have a band?

The University Band is an outstanding ensemble available to all students at the University of Kansas and is an open-admission ensemble requiring no entrance audition. The University Band provides musical challenge and growth as well as fellowship to all who enjoy performing.