Uniform Guidelines

Uniform Guidelines for Marching Band

Part of the judging at marching band contests is the consistent look of the band. For this reasons, we must make sure the band looks the same down to the smallest detail; hair, jewelry, shoes and socks. Following these few simple rules will help immensely:


        • Nylon/cotton gym shorts or leggings should be worn under the uniform. They fit best and allow for the necessary movement. Jeans or cargo pants/shorts should not be worn. They cause an improper fit and movement.
        • For competitions all students should wear white shirts under the uniforms.  Shirts should not have a high collar.  Black T-shirts should be worn for football games.
        • Plain, black, over-the-calf socks are REQUIRED. This ensures that no skin shows during the performance which would detract from the visual appearance of the show.
        • Minimal makeup (especially foundation) should be worn to keep the white collars of the uniform clean.
        • After all performances students will hang up their uniform.  This includes:
      1. Hang up pants by placing side seams together allowing pleats to lie together and place over hanger.
      1. Hang coat (with curve of hanger) over pants and vestee.  Hook top of jacket (does not need to be zipped.
      1. Place gauntlets and gloves into bottom of bag.
        1. Place shoes into zippered pocket on back of bag.
        1. Have a uniform parent check to ensure your uniform is hung correctly.


        • Hair should be up off the collar. Please come with long hair pulled back with bobby pins. This applies to both boys and girls. No ribbons or bright headbands.


        • No jewelry of any kind. This includes rings, watches, earrings, etc.
        • No fingernail polish.
        • No gum or food is allowed while in uniform. The only beverage allowed is water and this is provided to the students.
        • No cell phones on persons during performances- they should be left in uniform bag or with trusted parent or friend.

Marchmasters Selected Honors

  • 52 consecutive years of Superior (Division I) ratings at the State of Iowa Marching Band Contest . . . the longest for any Class 4A school in the history of Iowa bands!
  • 19 first-place awards at the Iowa State Fair Parade.
  • 17 first-place awards at the Drake Relays Parade.
  •   9 first-place awards at the Veishea Parade, Iowa State University.
  • 1964, 1967Indianapolis 500 Parade, Indianapolis, IN
  • 1967Expo ’67, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • 1968-72Dakota Day Band Festival, Rapid City, SD
  • 1970Cotton Bowl Parade, Dallas, TX
  • 1974 Rose Bowl Parade, Portland, OR
  • 1976 Bi-Centennial Parades, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
  • 1978 -79 Walt Disney World Parade, Miami, FL
  • 1980 Orange Bowl Parade, Miami, FL
  • 1982 World’s Fair and Energy Exposition, Knoxville, TN
  • 1984 Festival of States, St. Petersburg, FL
  • 1986 Fiesta Bowl Parade, Phoenix, AZ
  • 1986 Holiday Bowl, San Diego, CA
  • 1988 Citrus Bowl Parade, Orlando, FL
  • 1990 Orange Bowl Parade, Miami, FL
  • 1992 Fiesta Bowl Parade, Phoenix, AR
  • 1993 Honor Band at the Iowa State Fair Parade
  • 1994 – 96 First place Pella Tulip Time Parade.
  • 1995 King Kamehameha Parade, Honolulu, HI
  • 1997 Fiesta Bowl Parade, Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1999GRAMMY Signature School, National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences
  • 2000 Honolulu, HI