This all-volunteer band gets Baltimore’s NFL team moving.
On game day, the Marching Ravens start at Oriole Park and parade along “Ravens Way” to the M&T Bank Stadium.
Band president John Ziemann, who joined the Colts’ Band as a member of the percussion section in 1962, kept the 61-year-old band playing even when the city had no football team. He also serves as deputy director for the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards and the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum.
Saxophone player Megan Furth and her two brothers, one on clarinet and the other on trombone, turn the Marching Ravens into a family affair.
During the pregame show, the band forms the word “Ravens.” Jeff Davis leads the sousaphones in forming the letter “V.”
Jill Rothhaupt, a member of the flag line for 10 years, volunteers with her daughter, Amber, who marches in the banner line.
Chief trumpet soloist Leroy Bamberger, who held the same position in the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Marching Band, brings Ravens fans to their feet when he hits E flat above double C during the halftime show.
A band member for 11 years, trombone player Ruth Braden travels 90 miles one way for Wednesday night rehearsals and home games.
During all home games the Marching Ravens sit in the end zone of M&T Bank Stadium, nicknamed the “Band Zone” by Ravens players.