Balancing the Sound In the Parade Block

Ted Aarrestad

Performing music on parade is a strange phenomenon. Unlike any other performance, the band presents the music one section at a time while marching past their audience. Although there is a degree of blending as drums and brass drive their sounds through rows of woodwinds, the audience hears a distinct presentation of sections as the band passes. Careful work on balancing melody, countermelody, ostinato, bass line, harmonic supporting lines, and percussion during rehearsals is lost on the street. Here, Aarrestad discusses a better way to present the balance established in the rehearsal room while on parade.

Journal The Instrumentalist
Year 2016
Volume 71
Issue 1
Pages 34

Aarrestad, Ted (2016) Balancing the Sound In the Parade Block. In: The Instrumentalist, Vol. 71, No. 1, pp. 34. Available at


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