March Pittsburgh
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What is March Pittsburgh?

Marching band tradition is an important part of the cultural fabric of many metropolitan regions. Pittsburgh is no different. The rat-a-tat-tat of a snare drum is the sound of our city’s heartbeat. The camaraderie, celebration of music, and interdisciplinary collaboration coalesce into a seamless army of symphonic movement and sound. March Pittsburgh aims to celebrate our city’s passion for marching band culture.

Small music ensembles led by Pittsburgh’s legendary brass bands, Slide Worldwide Brass Brand and River City Brass Band, will lead kids and parents through city neighborhoods, marching and playing away.

Anyone can join the band.

March Pittsburgh asks city residents to play with the ensembles. We encourage “second line parading”, an effort popularized by the brass bands in New Orleans. City residents walk slowly, and organically joining behind the the band as it passes. Bring any instrument. Pots and pans. Kazoos. Drums. Whatever you can find. If you have a musical bone in your body, come and join together with the band.

March Pittsburgh is a program of Healthy Together, a collection of nonprofit organizations and the Office of Mayor William Peduto, advocating for healthcare enrollment options for children. This effort is offered through the generous support of UPMC Health Plan.

For Kids

Hey, It’s summer. We know you miss your marching band. The way the drums pound your eardrums. The uniform. Your friends teasing the woodwind players. The rehearsals. Nah, not rehearsals. March Pittsburgh is looking for you! We will march through Pittsburgh city neighborhoods and we invite you to join us. Bring any instrument. Pots and pans. Kazoos. Drums. Whatever you can find. If you have a musical bone in your body, come and join together with the band.

NEIGHBORHOODDATEMARCHING START TIMEVISIT HEALTHY TOGETHER HEREEVENT LOCATION
Northview HeightsThursday, July 162 p.m.It Takes A VillageNorthview Heights Playground (525 Mount Pleasant Road)
HomewoodSaturday, July 1811 a.m.Harambee Ujima Black Arts & Culture FestivalKelly Street between N. Homewood and N. Lang Avenues
BeechviewSaturday, August 111:30 a.m.Beechview's 110th Birthday CelebrationBroadway & Beechview parking lot
Spring HillTuesday, August 44:15 p.m.National Night OutRockledge Street & Asylum Street
BrooklineSaturday, August 811 a.m.BreezefestBrookline Boulevard (Flatbush to Glenarm)
OaklandSunday, August 92 p.m.Black Family ReunionSchenley Park Oval
Chartiers/WingapSaturday, August 1512 p.m.Community Back to School FestivalChartiers Playground
Stanton HeightsSaturday, August 2211 a.m.Stanton Heights Community FestivalSunnyside Elementary School
Hill DistrictFriday, September 114:30 p.m.Health and Wellness WeekendThelma Lovette YMCA
Hill DistrictSaturday, September 1212 p.m.Health and Wellness WeekendFreedom Corner