Figure 5-1. Sound Off Route For Ceremonial Parade.
At the left of the line, the drum major signals a COUNTERMARCH and marches the band back
down the line of troops.
When the band reaches the right of the line, the drum major signals a RIGHT TURN and 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.
At an appropriate place in the music, the drum major signals a CUT OFF, commands SOUND OFF,
conducts the Sound Off Chords again, then signals a CUT OFF and INSTRUMENTS DOWN.
The drum major and the band commander CHANGE POSTS.
NOTE: Sound off may be eliminated when ceremonies are indoors, during inclement weather, or when space
When scheduled, retreat will occur at this point.
When the adjutant directs "SOUND RETREAT", the band commander signals INSTRUMENTS UP
for the trumpet section only and conducts Retreat.
NOTE: If the parade does not include sound off, the adjutant directs "SOUND RETREAT". When the
adjutant assumes Parade Rest, the trumpets sound Retreat.
Immediately after Retreat, the adjutant directs "BRING YOUR UNITS TO ATTENTION" and
When the unit commander to the immediate left of the band commands "PRESENT, ARMS", the
drum major SALUTES and the band commander signals INSTRUMENTS UP.