The Story of the Marching Ravens

Baltimore’s Marching Ravens are featured as part of ESPN’s 30 on 30 documentary series.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009 at 2:12 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

Ravens fans will be able to look back on the story of the Baltimore Colts’ hush-hush departure from Charm City with the help of Academy Award-winner – and native son – Barry Levinson on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at M&T Bank Stadium. 

There, the Ravens will offer an advance screening of “The Band that Wouldn’t Die,” a documentary telling the tale through the eyes of Baltimore’s Marching Ravens.

As part of ESPN’s 30 on 30 series of films covering some of the seminal moments among the last 30 years of sports, “The Band that Wouldn’t Die” looks into the motivation in keeping the group, which started as the Colts’ Marching Band, together during the 12 years it took for the NFL to come back to Baltimore.

Levinson explained his interest in the Marching Ravens in a statement on the 30 on 30 official Web site.

“When I came across the story of the Baltimore Colts Marching Band, and how it continued to march despite the loss of its team, I found something uniquely Baltimorian about it. Here was a band that played on without a team, marching at civic events, Thanksgiving Day parades, and half-time shows for other NFL teams, keeping football alive in Baltimore.”

Levinson will appear at M&T Bank Stadium for the advance screening, which will air on the giant SmartVision boards, and the Marching Ravens will also perform. 

Fans can sit on the field, and concessions will be open during the event. 

Tickets are only $5, and anyone can go by filling out a form at

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