#3 -- Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band (LSJUMB)
The LSJUMB is Stanford University's scatter band, and bills itself as “The Largest Rock and Roll Band in the Nation". The band is more notable for its theatrics than its music. Unlike many other university bands, it is almost entirely student run, founded by rebellious students in the early 60's. It performs at many games and student events, and has become legendary for its volume.
The band, true to its nickname, mostly performs classic rock songs, although it takes great pains to vary what it plays, never repeating the same song on a single day. The band has been banned from several college campuses for their hijinks – for example, they were briefly banned from performing at Notre Dame after their conductor directed the band using a wooden cross as a wand. However, perhaps their most notable controversy was “The Play" – an incident during the 1982 game against Cal where band members flooded the field before the game was over, allowing Cal to score a winning touchdown.
While the Stanford band may not be as musically serious as some of the other bands on this list, they are, without a doubt, one of the most enjoyable bands to be a part of and to listen to.