Marching Bands

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Length of exposure

The following figures are representative noise levels for members of marching bands.

REPRESENTATIVE NOISE LEVELS
INSTRUMENT dB Peak
Marching Bands
Piccolo 112 130
Clarinet 119 140
Alto saxophone 113 140
Tenor saxophone 115 142
French horn 111 140
Cornet 120 142
Trombone 113 145
Euphonium 113 138
Tuba 117 146
Snare drum 113 144
Cymbals (large) 121 146
Cymbals (small) 118 146
Bass drum 122 145
Drum Major 96 132

Commentary

These are worst-case figures from a series of measurements taken with two professional bands at the Royal Military School of Music during September 2006

Taking the average exposure over a day all of the above would have been above the action values

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