How to Use a Snare Drum Marching Strap

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How to Use a Snare Drum Marching Strap
Learn how to use a snare drum marching strap. (buckingham marching band image by Adkok from

Marching bands are popular at sporting events, parades and at military functions. Band members must learn how to transport their instruments easily while still allowing the ability to effectively play music. Some of these instruments, such as the base drum and the tuba, can be quite heavy. For snare drum players, their instrument is typically worn with a harness strap that keeps the drum directly in front of the band member at waist level. A snare drum strap is adjustable to suit the size of the band member and is easily attached to the drum.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Drape the strap around the back of your neck and let the two sides hang evenly over your shoulders.

  2. 2

    Adjust the strap length to hang at waist level on both sides. This is the typical position to keep the drum so you can accurately strike it. You can make the strap longer by sliding the metal keeper toward the looped end of the strap. For shortening the strap, slide the keeper away from the loop.

  3. 3

    Hook the strap hooks to the marching rings located on the sides of the snare drum. If you have a marching waist belt, attach this to the drum also,and have someone else secure the belt around your back.

Tips and warnings

  • Your marching band will most likely have a marching protocol to follow administered by the band instructor. Ensure that you keep to the designated protocol for wearing your snare drum in your band.

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