This article is from the College marching band FAQ, by Adam Elman firstname.lastname@example.org, Meredith McClurg email@example.com, Patrick Neschleba firstname.lastname@example.org and Craig Moe email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
Simply put, rec.arts.marching.band.college is for the discussion of,
suprisingly enough, college marching bands. To elaborate, the discussion
encompasses marching bands of colleges and universities of all levels,
including scatter bands and pep bands.
R.A.M.B.C was formed during the 1994-95 school year, at the same time as
the high school band newsgroup. Occasionally you'll find an old timer who
remembers rec.arts.marching.misc, which used to handle any non-drumcorps
discussion. (This newsgroup group still exists, though is rarely used.)
Not long after that, the newsgroup rec.arts.marching.colorguard was created
for the discussion of competitive guardwork. And in June of 1998,
rec.arts.marching.percussion was added to the hierarchy, as a place for the
discussion of percussion at all levels, with a special emphasis on Winter
Guard type events.