The System


Brand DSI


First published in 1984, The System-Marching Band Methods by Gary E. Smith is the quintessential marching band instruction textbook intended for music students, drum majors, color guard, college music majors and band directors. It covers all the methods for building, improving and maintaining an outstanding marching band program. The textbook is co-authored by many leading band directors and specialists in various fields of music education.

2016 Edition:

  • 12 chapters with 294 pages
  • Completely redesigned and updated
  • Printed high resolution black/white
  • Color UV coated water protection cover
  • Spiral bound for easy page turning
  • Numerous photos and diagrams
  • Sheet music exercises
  • Valuable forms and resources

Gary E. Smith
Associate Director of Bands, Emeritus
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign