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Marching bands have all kinds of instruments. They perform in parades, football games, and more.

The University of Notre Dame Band of the Fighting Irish is the oldest American college marching band, and it continues to play today! In this September 2022 image, the Notre Dame band is playing as the head football coach leads the team to the field. Which instruments do you recognize in the band? Would you want to play an instrument in a college marching band someday?

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Making Connections


Would you want to be part of a band? Why or why not?


What other books have you read about musical groups? How do those compare with this book?


Have you heard a band perform before? If so, what kind of music did it play? If not, what type of band would you like to go see?

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