Upon completion of the honors music, the band commander FACES ABOUT and SALUTES.
Instruments remain in the playing position.
After completion of the presentation and honors, the commander of troops directs "BRING YOUR
UNITS TO ORDER ARMS AND PARADE REST".
When the unit commander at the immediate left of the band commands ""ORDER, ARMS", the
band commander and drum major TERMINATE THEIR SALUTES. Band members execute
INSTRUMENTS DOWN in cadence on the command "ORDER, ARMS".
Sound Off. Sound off may be included at this time; if so, the following occurs:
The band remains at the position of attention upon the completion of presentation and honors.
The band commander and drum major CHANGE POSTS. The drum major then waits for the
commander of troops to direct "SOUND OFF".
After the commander of troops directs "SOUND OFF", the drum major signals INSTRUMENTS
UP. The drum major commands SOUND OFF and conducts the sound off chords (tonic, dominant
seventh, tonic). After playing the sound off chords, the band STEPS OFF playing a march. The
route of march for the sound off is as follows: (Figure 4-1)
Figure 4-1. Sound Off.
The drum major signals a LEFT TURN to march the band in front of the troops. At the left of the
line of troops, the drum major signals a COUNTERMARCH and marches the band back down the
line of troops.
At the appropriate time, the drum major signals a RIGHT TURN and then a COUNTERMARCH to
return the band to its starting position.
When the band has reached its starting position, the drum major signals MARK TIME and HALT.