BALTIMORE - The Ravens are one of just a handful of NFL teams with a marching band, and it’s all thanks to one man, Art Modell.
Director of the Sports Legends Museum, John Ziemann, was a member of the old Baltimore Colts Band, which continued marching until Modell brought football back to Baltimore.
“When Mr. Modell came to Baltimore, he adopted the Baltimore Colts Marching Band and made us into the Marching Ravens to show his support for the community,” Ziemann says. “Mr. Modell was very devoted to the band and also what we stood for.”
The Baltimore Colts Band stayed together from 1984 until the Ravens came to Baltimore in 1996.
Adopting the band was a nod by Modell to the city’s football history.
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