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Why Band T-Shirt Designs are a Necessity
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Why Band T-Shirt Designs are a Necessity

Take a look at how music and t-shirt design come together to create something special.


“Music makes the world go round” is used as a throwaway line quite often—but is honestly so true. Breathing life into everything we do, it’s hard to imagine a world without that layer of artistry. 

The world would surely be on the duller side, that’s for sure. Orchestras, garage bands and even karaoke bars all showcase the incredibly diverse ways we express ourselves through music. 

What could possibly bring all of these varied groups together? That’s right. The t-shirt. See how custom t-shirts for bands work firsthand—in marching bands, rock bands, and beyond.

Mint green shirt with the white letters B, A, N and D spelled in a block


Marching band: A triumphant land of apparel opportunity

Marching band is deceptively a treasure trove of opportunity for ordering custom shirts and other apparel. For every occasion there’s a shirt that the band needs. 





Typically a contest is held where members can submit band t shirt ideas or designs based on the theme of the current show. This is a fun way to include the students while also brainstorming and hashing out an integral part of the shirt order process; it creates a sense of community and camaraderie while helping members feel like integral parts of the band. 


**Note: If you need help fine tuning the band tee shirt design you end up picking, our mock up artists and account managers can help you make it a reality. 

Black t-shirt with light green and pink text on a white background


There are also plenty of shirt needs on the staff side as well. With faculty, you may find value in  staff polos, jerseys, or simply copies of the show shirt design.

Looking professional while repping the kids that are performing their hearts out on the field is so important. One thing to keep in mind is that there’s a yearly frequency to these types of garments. With every new school year adds a new class of students.

There are also staff changes and new shows to base band shirt designs around—all of which means new shirt orders to be filled every year, but that’s why we’re here to help make the process as easy as possible for you. 

Our aim is to not only supply you with the highest quality product at the best price, but to also form a close knit relationship and support you through these ever-evolving needs.

Yellow shirt with artwork of blue and pink shark with skeleton surfing in its mouth


Rocking shirts for rocking bands

When thinking of the most iconic rock bands the first thing that comes to mind is an album cover or their logo...And where is this generally seen most frequently when out and about? Right again: band t-shirts. 

You don’t think twice when seeing Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon or Nirvana’s classic smile logo being repped on a shirt. That’s the thing: rock band t-shirts are so naturally ingrained in band culture that any fan’s first instinct is to seek out one from each of their favorite bands. 


This is a primary example of how effective t-shirts in general are at spreading brand awareness. Things naturally become more recognizable with exposure. 


Once you’re all in, you’ll need to come up with a design that embodies your band’s identity. What makes a truly great band t-shirt design? The process can seem a bit overwhelming with how many variables you need to keep track of. 





Black shirt with white text and a yellow panther's face on a white triangle outline


Throwing a few custom t-shirts into the crowd during a performance can generate hype while also making the audience aware that there are shirts in the first place. It’s an easy way to spread brand awareness while also pleasing the fans. It’s a win-win. 

You can also use the venues as opportunities to create some unique concert t shirt ideas. Having a special shirt for specific concerts and venues can help boost demand and solidify your creative identity. 

The designs can be based around the current album or even the venue itself allowing for you to spread your creative wings. 

Also, when fans learn that there’s the possibility of a limited release for shirts at each concert they’ll clamor for the chance to go grab one—or more. This increases brand loyalty, ticket sales and shirt sales. Knocking out not two, but three birds with one stone. Poor birds…

At the end of the day...

Band t shirt designs bring out the best in both the performers and the fans. Creativity and visual art can bring together both sides in a way that only amplifies the experience. Let us help you make that happen. 

Need some ideas for what shirt best fits you? Contact our printing professionals and check out our custom t-shirt buyer’s guide to help you through the process. 

The Next Level Apparel 6210 is a great choice if you’re new to getting band t shirts printed though. Now that we have all that sorted out, it’s time to rock.