How to Arrange Marching Band Music

The bands attracted much public contests, parades, sporting events, exciting both audience and musicians. Often, directors wish to incorporate popular pieces from the repertoire of the marching band. Although not all of the popular pieces are available in appropriate arrangements, with a little time and energy, you can organize almost any music of a marching band.


Things that you need

  • The music you want to organize
  • The software program paper and / or personal music

The preparation

To obtain scores for the piece that you want to organize (obtain a printed copy or transcribing it phonetically).

Analyze the music, identifying the melody and chord progressions.

Note the additional elements, such as counter melody, dynamics, rhythm and rhythm changes are important.

List the instruments you need parts for. The bands usually consist of wind instruments, brass and percussion instruments.

Outline the melodic progression. Plan: which instruments will be the melody? At what point? Where to move next.

Outline the harmonic progression. Plan: which instruments will be harmony? At what point? Where to move next.

Organizing the music

Set the score in a document or a music program of the computer (as a finale or Sibelius).

Note the signing key and time signature.

Write the melody.

Write down the line.

Add dynamics and phrasing.

Scan the play, looking for: transposition errors, melodic, mistakes, errors of harmonic, rhythmic errors and “holes” (the parts that you forgot to write).

Save and / or make copies of the manuscript of the song.

Write down the individual parts based out of your score, and distribute them to its musicians.

Practice and make the necessary corrections. Have fun!


Hints and warnings

You may wish to first write out chords of the block for harmony and then embellish or “fill” the chords.

Practice your skills of organization for fixing pieces for small sets first and then work for larger ensembles.

See examples of parts arranged.

Share ideas and arrangements with fellow directors of the marching band.

If you are still having problems or short on time, there are companies that will organize music to you, such as However, you must pay for these services.

Be sure to credit the composer / artist original.

Make sure that no part exceeds the range of the instrument.

Make sure that you have implemented the part of each instrument to the appropriate key.