The Washington Commanders have announced that the team will be bringing back the marching band along with a “revamped arrangement of the team’s fight song.” Per the Commanders: Building on 85 years of tradition, and with the team’s first-ever Music Director at the helm, the 2022 Commanders Marching Band will combine old and new traditions as the team heads into the inaugural season of the Washington Commanders. Interested musicians who believe they have the ability to take the field with the 2022 Commanders Marching Band can submit video auditions through May 23, 2022.
Today the Washington Commanders announce the official return of the marching band for the 2022 season with an open invitation for musicians in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia (DMV) area to audition to be part of the inaugural Commanders Marching Band. The 60-person ensemble will feature musicians from across the DMV and will be composed of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments, and debut at the Commanders Training Camp this summer.
Washington’s marching band is the oldest marching band in the history of the NFL, originally founded in 1937 as an all-volunteer ensemble that pioneered halftime entertainment. The return of the marching band is part of the next phase of the team’s rebrand process, during which the team will work closely with fans to pull forward traditions under a new banner, including new, and newly revived, musical traditions. For example, the team plans to bring back a revamped arrangement of the team’s original fight song, which was first introduced in 1938.
Additionally, the marching band look and uniforms, which Co-Owner and Co-CEO Tanya Snyder helped design, will blend the team’s iconic burgundy and gold colors with new details as a way to honor the band’s 85-year legacy while also embracing the team’s inaugural season as the Washington Commanders.