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Baltimore's Marching Ravens Seeks 160 Full-Time Band Members

BALTIMORE (WJZ)-- The music group that adds a pep to your step at Ravens football games and parades is looking to expand. The Marching Ravens need new members.

Gigi Barnet has the latest on how you can join.

Their sound is big and brassy.

Their home is M&T Bank Stadium.

And make no mistake about it, their team is the purple birds.

It is the Ravens' marching band, and it wants you.

"We got people that played in college. You got people who played in high school. After college and high school, all of a sudden you've got all of this talent going to waste. Come out and be part of the Marching Ravens," said the Ravens Band president, John Ziemann.

Keep those talents fresh.

"Watch the game. It's just a lot of fun," said Ravens band member, Brian Swisher.

At nearly 200 strong, the Marching Ravens is the largest of the NFL's four football brands.

It has a full schedule doing parades, half-time and pre-game shows.

While the gig comes with a small stipend, there's something else that keeps the music going.

"Love of the music, love of the game, love of the team and love of the fans," said marching band member, Curt Condyles.

"We've had games where the atmosphere in the stadium is sort of going towards the downturn. Maybe the team is not having a good momentum and we play and it brings the atmosphere and the energy back to the fans," said Ravens Band member, Angie Ennis.

But you've got to have some skills, even if those skills were fine tuned years ago.

"If you're put it down and you're picking it back up after five years, as long as you're confident, you can rock this, you can do a great job," said Ravens band member, Eric Larsen.

The band needs at least 160 full-time players and some members for its reserve list.  There's no wait to learn the results. Those who are audition will know that night.

If you'd like to audition on Wednesday, July 30 in Owings Mills, you must be at least 18 years old and able to read sheet music. For more information on tryouts and registration, click here.

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