Marching Band Questions - Layouts & Quad Toms

Hi all,

I’ve been asked to do an arrangement for marching band. Why is there no instrument option for Quad Toms in Dorico? Am I missing something?

Also, I’ve been looking around for standard page layouts for marching bands but can’t seem to find consistent info. Seems like conductor scores come as landscape but what paper size? And how are part layouts usually dimensioned?


In Dorico, “quads” are called “marching tenor drums”.

I believe for marching percussion parts, it’s common to use Octavo size (6.75" x 10.5") in landscape orientation. I don’t think there’s a fixed convention for how full scores look, but perhaps you could consult with a specialist publisher (like e.g. Tapspace or Kjos) to see what they recommend.

Ok, thanks Daniel, will do.