I'm looking for an adjective that describes the sound of a marching band that plays really loud and energetic and you like it.

If you hated the music, it would be "blaring", because it's way too loud. But since you are a fan of marching bands, you actually love the obnoxiously loud and intrusive sound. So, if you wanted to say

There was one ____ marching band after another in the parade.

What word would you use to fill in the blank?


The ideal word would be an old-fashioned one that was probably cool 80 years ago like "rootin'-tootin'".

"Thundering" is great but I feel it implies the sound has a lot of bass whereas the brass band in question would sound more high-pitched and piercing. But I ended up using "thundering" anyway, because I like the boisterous feel of the word and the deadline is coming to get me :)

  • Are you looking for something formal, or more colloquial/slangy? There are a lot of slang terms associated with enjoying loud music, but most aren't suitable for formal writing. Also a lot of multi-word expressions that might not fit in your blank but would be fine in contexts like "That music was _" or "That music _"; would you consider one of them. (Sadly I can't find block-rocking in dictionaries.)
    – Stuart F
    Commented Sep 2, 2022 at 12:32
  • @StuartF I really needed an adjective to be used in the sentence in my original post but if you have any other interesting expressions, shoot, I may use them next time I'm translating something about a marching band :)
    – eltomito
    Commented Sep 2, 2022 at 20:45
  • According to AHDEL, the noun tantara can means "a trumpet or horn fanfare" or "a sound resembling such a fanfare." So you could render it as a modifier as tantaraing. At least one modern author has done so. But fanfaring might be a more accessible option; AHDEL defines the noun fanfare as "a loud flourish of brass instruments, especially trumpets." Even simpler and potentially on point is brassy.
    – Sven Yargs
    Commented Sep 3, 2022 at 1:37

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Note that even blaring could take on positive connotations if used in the right context, in the same way you would call your group of friends gang for example, without meaning anything negative.

But if you must avoid blaring, you could use thundering, which bears the connotation of loud, but also impressive noise:

very loud:

  • The show will be set to thundering music.(Cambridge)

making a resounding, loud, deep noise.

awesomely great, intense, or unusual (M-W)

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