March 4th Marching Band

March 4th Marching Band (Photo credit: sassymonkeymedia)

Make plans to march forth on March 4th! No need to be in a uniform, but you can if it adds to the fun. There’s no requirement that you play an instrument, but you may do that, too. March 4th is the perfect day to do what it says – MARCH FORTH!

With children you can “March 4th”

  • Get them up and moving. No need for perfect left-right action. Get them lifting their feet.
  • Feel free to add some rhythm instruments.
  • Put on some march music. Have fun!
  • Sing “The Ants Go Marching”, “We are Marching to Pretoria”, “This Old Man” and “Oh When the Saints”.

With those in senior living communities you can “March 4th”

  • Find out who used to march in the military, in a marching band, in school.
  • Inquire as to types of marching units they have seen.
  • Find out who played instruments in the marching band and what instrument they played.
  • Have them define marching terms: dress (align with the person to the side), cover (align with the person in front), interval (spacing usually to the side), halt (stop at attention), and other marching terms. 
  • Have them as able demonstrate/describe attention, at ease, and parade rest.
  • Play some traditional marches including “The Stars and Stripes Forever” and “Semper Fidelis”.
  • Play word games with famous march composers (Sousa, Fillmore, King) and their marches.
  • March to music (this can be done seated).
  • Sing the songs listed above for children as well as “Seventy-Six Trombones” and “Strike Up the Band”.

In Intergenerational groups you can “March 4th”

  • Have a parade. If there are those in wheelchairs, able bodied folks can give them assistance.
  • Break out the kazoos and rhythm instruments.
  • To the above mix of songs add: “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy” and “I Love a Parade”.

What else would you add to get people marching forth on March 4th?



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