A snare drum including a self-alignment component is disclosed. The self-alignment component may be engaged by a tensioning band, which can attach to one end of a snare that contacts or is proximate a bottom drum head. The tensioning band may loop around a part of the self-alignment component, such as an alignment piece thereof. The geometry of the self-alignment component is designed to allow the tensioning band to self-align such that, portions on opposing sides of the alignment piece have approximately equal tension therein and/or have approximately equal length, thus allowing for a properly aligned snare on the bottom drum head. The self-alignment component can include a plate portion attached to a drum sidewall or tensioning device on a dram sidewall, and can further include a cover portion for attachment to the plate portion.