Martial music or military music
is a specific genre of music intended for use in military settings.
Much of the military music has been composed to announce military events as with bugle calls and fanfares, or accompany marching formations with drum cadences, or mark special occasions as by military bands.
However, music has been employed in battle for centuries, sometimes to intimidate the enemy and other times to encourage combatants, or to assist in organization and timing of actions in warfare.
Depending on the culture, a variety of percussion and musical instrumentshave been used, such as drums, fifes, bugles, trumpets or other horns, bagpipes, triangles, cymbals, as well as larger military bands or full orchestras.
Although some martial music has been composed in written form, other music has been developed or taught by ear, such as bugle calls or drum cadences, relying on group memory to coordinate the sounds.
The International Military Music Society is an organization for people who are interested in military bands, their music and history.
The aims of the society are to encourage interest in all aspects of military, brass, concert, symphonic, percussion, pipe, choir and youth bands and wind ensembles of the world.
The society's 1300 members come from 38 different countries. Their activities cover a wide variety of interests ranging from history, instrumentation, uniforms, repertoire, conductors, recordings, military tattoos, films, videos and a myriad of other special projects or interests which all have their basis in the military bands of the world.
So whether you are a historian, a CD collector or just someone who likes to listen to a stirring march then for a modest fee the IMMS has much to offer you. The Society is open to any person.