The Empire State Marching Band

is one of the nations finest and most honored marching band programs. Previously known by its tagline "The East Coast Ocean of Soul" with members ages 11-18 from all over New York City. The band was founded in Sacramento, CA as the James Smooth Steppers in 2004 and has won three national championships, two regional championships and 15 parades in the high stepping marching band classification. The Empire State Marching Band travels over 12,000 miles nationally each year, performing and competing in front on millions of fans.