How did bands originate?

Music of Marching Bands

There were bands as far back as early Egyptian times, when groups of musicians banded together to play harps, drums, and other musical instruments.

Everyone likes to hear a band!  People march to the music of marching n\bands in parades. And almost every high school and college has one.

The first bands were nothing like our bands today.  As far back as early Egyptian times, small groups of musicians banded together to play tambourines, harps, drums and reed instruments.  Roman soldiers marched into battle to the sound of trumpet bands.

As interest in bands grew, little bands of musicians wandered from town to town.  In time, hands became so popular that every Europeans town had its own band.  Until about the 1700s, any group of instrumental musicians that played together called a band.

Today, we usually think of a band as a group that plays chiefly wind and percussion instruments, such as clarinets, trumpets and drums.  An orchestra is made up of stringed instruments, as well as band instruments. – Dick Rogers

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