The drum line is a critical part of a marching band. These talented musicians begin their marching camp in late July in order to be ready to lead the rest of the band on to the field.
Students who are part of the front ensemble do not march in the fall, but do play their instruments on the field. This group is stationed at the front of the football field and plays with the band. Instruments in the front ensemble might include timpani, marimba, chimes, and xylophone. A student with piano experience would do well as part of the front ensemble.