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281 members and 10 kinds of instruments make up Mizzou's marching band

Thursday, August 15, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 9:24 a.m. CDT, Thursday, August 15, 2013

 COLUMBIA — They are called the "big M of the Midwest" for a reason. Marching Mizzou is a staple sound of Missouri football; they pump up the crowd by playing classics like "Eye of the Tiger" and, of course, the Missouri fight song.

Eleven kinds of instruments blend together to create the band's iconic sound, but 281 band members make up Marching Mizzou. Here is a breakdown of the numbers of instruments, according to the School of Music:

  • 52 trumpets
  • 28 clarinets
  • 31 piccolos
  • 31 percussion
  • 20 alto saxophones
  • 26 mellophones
  • 17 baritones
  • 18 tenor saxophones
  • 17 trombones
  • 18 sousaphones
  • 3 drum majors
  • 17 color guard
  • 2 twirlers

Supervising editor is Jeanne Abbott. 


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