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The Ceremonial Marching Band participates in official military ceremonies, military and civilian parades, and patriotic events for the general public. The size of this unit varies according to the particular event's scope and requirements.

The band's stirring renditions of military and patriotic music, as well as traditional marches, complements its impressive precision marching style. Among its many appearances, the band's recent highlights include patriotic game openings for the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics, as well as leading the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade - an honor accorded them four times and viewed worldwide by millions: in January of 1997, 2000, 2003 and most recently in 2017.