Parades

Parade Audio Files

The table contains MP3 audio files to help practice the tunes for an upcoming parade.

Each file is composed of series of tune sets, with each set separated by a walking tap and a "roll off". (The command "Band! Quick march!", or "To the right, Quick march!" is simulated by squiggly chanter sounds as an audio cue.)

Download the desired files to a device to listen offline.


Drumming Notes for American Cancer Relay For Life file AmericanCancerRelayForLife20220924.mp3

Sets:

  1. Castle Dangerous (1 minute)

    1. This is in 3/4 time, but the roll-off is in 4/4. Wait one extra beat before coming in. This shifts the drum score right by one beat, and therefore the first note drummers play will be on the right foot as we are marching.

    2. Play the J.L. Massed Bands 3/4 setting. Play parts 1 & 3 only, as in 1, 3, 1, 3, but the last time part 3 is played it ends with a 2/4 bar. (Skip the first quarter note of the 3/4 bar.)

  2. The 4/4 Competition (3 minutes) has 4 tunes: Flett from Flotta, Battle of Waterloo, Cockney Jocks, and Murdo's Wedding

    1. Play the entire J.L. Massed Bands 4/4 setting twice through. It will cover those 4 tunes.

  3. The 3/4 Set (4 minutes) is composed of Green Hills, When the Battle's O'er, and Lochanside.

    1. Play the J.L. Massed Bands 3/4 setting. Play only parts 1 & 3, in this order corresponding to the tunes: 1,3,1,3 1,3,1,3 1,3,1,3,1,3

    2. On the last Part 3, skip the first quarter note of the last bar, the same as with Castle Dangerous.

  4. The Badge Set (1.5 minutes) has 3 tunes: Badge of Scotland, Rowan Tree, and Scotland the Brave (twice through).

    1. Play the entire J.L. Massed Bands 4/4 setting once through. That covers the first two tunes. Then

    2. Play the entire J.L. Massed Bands 2/4 setting once through. That covers Scotland the Brave played twice

After each set is a series of taps on the snare, or bass drum to keep the marching tempo. For a 4/4 or a 2/4 tune, beat 1 corresponds with the left foot. For a 3/4 tune the left and right alternate for beat 1. Coming out of a 3/4 tune, the tapping should start on the next left foot, and correspond to Left, Left, Left Right, Left. The roll-off always starts on the left foot.