Definition and background:
A percussion instrument that simulates the sound of soldiers marching. These are in the idiophone category. Composers that have written for the marching machine include Morton Gould and Fisher Tull, as well as works for young bands by Leroy Osmon. Since these are not very common instruments, they are very difficult to purchase, thus most marching machines are home-made.
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