4th Of July Tradition Continues

The Marching Ravens will be featured in several 4th of July parades this weekend.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Friday, July 2nd, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

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For many in Baltimore and the surrounding area, it wouldn’t be the 4th of July without a performance by the Marching Ravens.

This year will be no different.

The official Ravens band is scheduled to participate in four holiday parades – July 3 in Dundalk (7:30 a.m.), Towson (10:30 a.m.) and Catonsville (3 p.m.), and a show on July 4 in Havre De Grace (1 p.m.) – continuing an institution that dates back 63 years.

According to Band Coordinator John Ziemann, the Baltimore Colts Marching Band began playing in 4th of July parades in 1947 and has never missed a summer, including the years when Charm City did not have a professional football team (1951-52, 1984-95).

That custom continued when the Ravens came to town.

“We like to think that the Marching Ravens are a big part of the Fourth in Maryland communities for a lot of fans,” Ziemann said. “And, we’ll have a lot to play for this weekend.”

Ziemann noted police estimates that the Marching Ravens will reach 1,200,000 fans when all four parades are over.

In addition, the band typically plays a half-concert for the Fields family and guests before the Catonsville parade.  Every year, the Fields supply restrooms, drinks and snacks while the band camps out on their lawn and prepares to march.

“How many people would welcome 300 houseguests,” Ziemann laughed.

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