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.
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.
The Healthy Together March
Click the link below to view your instrument’s part in the Healthy Together March. Practice up and join the parade at one of the upcoming March Pittsburgh events.
|NEIGHBORHOOD||DATE||MARCHING START TIME||VISIT HEALTHY TOGETHER HERE||EVENT LOCATION|
|Northview Heights||Thursday, July 16||2 p.m.||It Takes A Village||Northview Heights Playground (525 Mount Pleasant Road)|
|Homewood||Saturday, July 18||11 a.m.||Harambee Ujima Black Arts & Culture Festival||Kelly Street between N. Homewood and N. Lang Avenues|
|Beechview||Saturday, August 1||11:30 a.m.||Beechview's 110th Birthday Celebration||Broadway & Beechview parking lot|
|Spring Hill||Tuesday, August 4||4:15 p.m.||National Night Out||Rockledge Street & Asylum Street|
|Brookline||Saturday, August 8||11 a.m.||Breezefest||Brookline Boulevard (Flatbush to Glenarm)|
|Oakland||Sunday, August 9||2 p.m.||Black Family Reunion||Schenley Park Oval|
|Chartiers/Wingap||Saturday, August 15||12 p.m.||Community Back to School Festival||Chartiers Playground|
|Stanton Heights||Saturday, August 22||11 a.m.||Stanton Heights Community Festival||Sunnyside Elementary School|
|Hill District||Friday, September 11||4:30 p.m.||Health and Wellness Weekend||Thelma Lovette YMCA|
|Hill District||Saturday, September 12||12 p.m.||Health and Wellness Weekend||Freedom Corner|