September 27th, 2019 3:52 pm, `joel sellers on Can you make sure your marching is coordinated with everyone else’s in the band? And your claim that because it’s not on Sportscenter, that it’s not a sport, is extremely ignorant. I practice for two hours every Tuesday and Thursday and then have games on fridays. . That’s not all either there’s more we have to memorize the music, learn the dots, drills, focus on Drum Major, good posture, stepping in the same foot as everyone else in the field, stopping in time, having horn angles, counting, marching and playing the same time and our grass has holes in it, not to mention judges are seeing your every move having a record of it and your band members will see it, as well playing perfectly the music that your band director gives to you. I am not even including Winter guard. Marching Band is a sport whoever says otherwise just needs to get in band and see. You have to hold it up perfectly and keep perfect posture and technique for hours without stop. It truly is. It is a highly complicated sport. November 20th, 2019 12:33 pm, Uh oh Stinky on With all of these many validations to the fact that marching band is essentially a sport, why do many people still fervently disagree? We have more frophies than all the other sports. April 24th, 2018 1:38 pm, Trumpettrent on So I do think that marching band is a sport. I play trombone and it definitely weighs more than ten pounds. Yes, I know I don’t have to memorize all of your lines. Marching band is a sport because it requires physical exertion and skill, involves competition, and is entertainment for the audience and the band itself. All the work is done for the group. I play the sousa it is a 45-60 pound insturment that you have to keep on one shoulder for 4-5 hours on end thats just during competitions. I think that you are a football player. During band, people passing out is a common thing. we mess things up and people are talking when we are supposed to be doing sets or drills. November 3rd, 2016 7:56 pm, Dontworry on I’m for it being a sport but don’t tell me it is equal to other sports. I mean, we practice every day for like 7 hours. “an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature.” Yup. You do know that most sports are not in Wii sports or Wii sports resort. February 10th, 2018 1:24 pm, anon on So until you’ve tried it I suggest you keep your mouth shut. I’m sweaty and completely winded after every performance. You can say that band is a sport, because it matches the definition in some dictionaries, but that isn’t going to change peoples’ minds at all. Grand Nationals… small town beats three major bands… hmmm… football players can’t even get through 2 playoffs… hmmm… OBVIOUSLY A SPORT IF WE COMPETE NATIONALLY AND OUR FOOTBALL TEAM CAN’T EVEN MAKE IT TO THE FINAL PLAYOFFS FOR A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. I also hope that schools and such recognize that it is as well making people more aware and maybe more interested. its better than a sport. But their heart rates are still as high as someone that’s running a marathon. As a member, you must have skills just like with any other sport. January 23rd, 2018 12:26 pm, Band Nerd, Trumet Number A on Marching band, despite (un)popular belief, is indeed a sport, requiring as much team coordination, technical skills/know-how, and endurance as any other school-funded group activity. In marching band, participants have to hold a 20-40 pound instrument. And get to work. We don’t just walk with instruments in our hand. HECK last year we got grand champon because of our hard work! **Side note: Don’t do this to try to be entitled or better than other people of certain kinds. Marching band lies in the sweet spot where love of music and physical activity overlap. In soccer or distance running there is no stopping like there is in marching band, where you stop between songs and the time period is only 10-15 minutes. Its a sport for smart, multitasking people who aren’t afraid to be called a geek. Of course the hit will not do quite as much damage as an accurate punch to a nerve, it is still quite dangerous and painful. I mean, I can’t even explain this! If you think it’s easy, I challenge you to a day in any band camp. Some heavier than others. While some may say that marching band is considered a sport, other see marching band that is considered an art. So, really? We do compete with other bands and we also do halftime shows. The football team has the chance to show off for like two hours. When did he say that marching band was the best activity ever. We run the risk of breaking an ankle and totaling a $600 instument (few thousand for bigger instuments) and bigger instruments can fall and severely damage their bodies causing paralization. It bugs me so much that the other school drumlines hire people to help them, and the most outside help we get is MAYBE a parent of a drumline member that did percussion/drumline in school will help us clean up the little bits we need help with. When there are big props in the way while preforming, and you can’t see a drum major, you have to improvise and try to listen to people around you or watch their feet as best as possible, otherwise, you won’t be in step and you’ll mess up the music. This positioning of the shoulders is hard to maintain even for a minute. But it only all depends on what your band does. After having sheet music for as little as five weeks with songs packed to the page, the band members were required to have the six songs memorized. Again with tenor drums you still need to march perfectly, you still need to play well, and you still need to hit your dots perfectly. Also, in the late season, it can get down to 20 degree weather. March 24th, 2019 12:32 pm, ThatTubaGuy on But football, baseball, and softball don’t have judges looking at every move and/or every flag swing, or every note and calling you out for it. In the Olympics there is high diving, swimming, and track. You might not break a leg, but you’ll mature physically and mentally if you put enough effort in. There are Trumpets and Sousaphones, Trombones and Drums. I’m 4’11 play trombone and our show is in 12/8. Even more relaxed bands practice for about six hours a day. At 360 ORTHOPEDICS we take care of injured musicians as well as athletes. aspect of what you do. In one rehearsal, a player has to go through stretches, exercises, and often running in the beginning. Thank you! In my school my band is the best sport/activity there is. Scientists have measure marching band kid’s heart rate and their hearts beat as fast as someone running a marathon. With marching band, you do more physical and mental fitness than football. Very true. Because I actually try. On one side you have the YES crowd who says that marching band is competitive, physically demanding, and every bit as much a team event as any traditional sporting event. Playing through the show at least 5 times consecutively in a rehearsal with no breaks will kill. I recommend that you should try this sport. I have to agree at my schools every extracurricular activity gets funding except band and we are America’s original high school marching band. Charlene is saying that she knows it is a sport because she has done a season of it before. You may think “well, tubas have oompahs all the time. It is indeed a sport. Rant over. We are a small school and we go against the biggest schools around my area and get 1st. Last year I marched souzaphone. I’m not in drum line but it still is really hard. Two of my past bands didn’t stretch. January 12th, 2017 10:58 am, Not in marching band on March 28th, 2017 1:19 pm, Anonymous flute, trumpet, clarinet, and trombone player - AND GUARD MEMBER on October 11th, 2017 11:49 am, ALTOgeek on This is petty, but “lacks no” is a double negative, which basically translates to “it has”. February 18th, 2018 10:29 pm, Anon on Marching band requires physical exertion in the sense of 5 hour practices consisting of learning and memorizing placement, marching in 85 to 100 degree weather, and being in near perfect shape. If you are, you’re band doesn’t know how to give pep talks. Really Alyvia? If band is or isnt a sport that doesnt change anything at all, its still the same activity that it was before it was considered a sport or not. “To all the f’ers arguing this sh*t is a sport, look at this definito”. November 3rd, 2017 3:14 pm, Marching Clarinet on And, yeah they may be “only 10 pounds”, but try holding it up perfectly parallel to the ground for a whole show while marching, doing forward/backward slides, plus choreography and more. As like football and several other sports, there is a high school league, a college league and a national major league association. It’s absolutely extremely athletic though. We have Jazz Band if you are interested and Drumline if you want to join. it just needs a point. November 30th, 2017 4:41 pm, That one Trumpet nerd on Or spelling bees? Marching band also lacks a fixed point system. Physical exert action and competitions ageinst other “teams” for a common goal and for entertainmeat. We are in 100° weather, backs perfectly straight, instruments that weigh anywhere between 3 and 50 lbs. There’s a lot more than just flute. Also I seriously would like you to do a quick YouTube search… Type “DCI” in the search bar and tell us if you could do that… I hope you’ve gained a newfound appreciation for this, yes, sport. She has us swim three 500 meters on 5 minutes, on an easy day. Unfortunately, your opinion is biased. The technique when it is being used has to meet a certain criteria to be considered good technique. December 6th, 2017 9:56 am, Marching band nerd on October 26th, 2018 10:29 am, Bryson on So shut up. May 8th, 2018 9:41 pm, 8TH GRADE TRUMPET on Most people that say marching band isn’t a sport has done no research, and they will say it’s not a sport just because they don’t want to. My email is [email protected]. Correction: It’s for people who wants the intellectual prowess one receives from participating in an academic sport and also want the physical exertion and training required and built from participating in some thing like football. No. Plus I am a major DCI fan. So shut up and do what the director said. Yes. Marching band is a sport. They have the chance and ability to improvise to get the points and win, while the marching band has to be completely exact in order to get a good score. This is honestly hilarious. Part 1: February 27th, 2018 12:04 pm, Rose on When the average person thinks about the term ‘sport’, they will think about football, wrestling, baseball etc. Marching music is a sport. College alto sax, thank you for that comment. We had some band moms crying because we played well. most others weigh under 20 lbs, I think that marching band is a sport because we do more than the football team…. There is also nationals, which is even more competitive. (4) But a fat person would not be used to walking. Marching band is a sport and we do not just run around with 10 pound flutes we have to go to certain spots that are put down on a coordinate sheet and w spend at least 60 hours to perfect those movements. This week, I go over a common controversial topic that I discuss among my music friends. and in order to join you have to have a physical done before you can join. October 30th, 2018 3:24 pm, TRUMPET TIME on September 2nd, 2018 1:22 pm, cole haupt on ( or a tempo of 160). The definition of a sport is an “activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.” For all the fuckers arguing that this shit is a sport, look at this definitio. October 23rd, 2017 7:19 pm, Anonymous Clarinetist on Marching band takes a lot of skill, patience, and teamwork. And it proves that you have done no research? October 2nd, 2017 8:43 pm, owbowwow on What about the marching band comps? While perhaps not fully developed in some areas of the country in the vast majority of the United States marching band competitions are numerous and take place on almost every weekend throughout the fall marching season. October 21st, 2017 7:32 pm, Marching Clarinet on FOR COMPETITIONS AND FOR ENTERTAINMENT. You try to do a backward left slide jazz run at 160 BPM. I can’t imagine any football players keeping up in a drum corps, lol. March 3rd, 2018 11:26 am, Maddie on Based on this information there is little doubt that the first criteria of classifying Marching Band as a sport has been met, and that marching band does indeed require physical exertion. May 1st, 2019 1:13 pm, Brooklyn on in the band i’m in you have to march and roll your feet which normal people don’t roll their feet when they walk rolling your feet makes your leg muscles burn. If you have you would know how hard it is. Trust me, I have flute friends. And then four performances. Like seriously? I dare you to try. Plus, if you don’t hit your spot at the right time or place the whole picture is ruined! My son was 200lbs before joining the marching band. The band works harder than high school football. I suggest you try it. People have had serious back problems from holding instruments as a Baritone saxophone. I’m not saying that it isn’t intense or anything, and I know that it fits the definition of a sport, but I would still call it an activity. Competitive Marching Band. speaking of clothing, most band uniforms seem to be insulated, while normally ending up being a benefit in the winter, kills in the summer. If you think being able to walk and text is skill then you should try Marching Band. and it is freaking scorching. Marching bands, however, meticulously rehearse and prepare a display of art that is judged by the accuracy and artistic merit of its performance. Go onto youtube and search dci and you’ll find some of the best examples of a profetional marching team. Difficulty? MARCHING BAND IS A SPORT!!!!!!! But, you can’t, because there’s obviously going to be a judge walking right in front of you to see how you do. You do realize that the marching band practices a lot more than most sports teams right? That’s just called working out. and still keeping your upper body in the same position for 10+ minutes. You literally can’t mess up in front of a judge, or they’ll take away from Individual Music/Performance points. You’ll sound like hot shit), check. Try again people . February 20th, 2018 12:57 pm, that one trumpet on Marching band requires practice and many after school hours. Yet they are the most glorified sport not only at my school but in the nation. Obviously, it is an important and sensitive topic for most. Okay I play clarinet and let me tell you we have 9-9 practices in the summer. Marching band is considered a performing art. According to the definition of a sport, marching band is able to be classified as a sport when looking at all the aspects of the activity. If it is not a sport than why? and with warm ups we run around the football field, and for a punishment we run like if you 5 mins late you run 5 laps or if your uniform isnt on the rack right you have to run. While all members of the ensemble exerted themselves if the performer was a percussionist the exertion was even more pronounced. Oh yeah, You MARCH… AKA Physical Exertion. Try pushing an 80 lb vibraphone onto the 50 yard line in 30 seconds just so you can get the 300 lb marimba on time next. on February 27th, 2018 12:12 pm, Andrew on So if you want to tell me marching band is not a sport, then email me because I would love to have this argument with you. I’m just saying), Plus, our Band Director makes you run at least 5 laps around the field if you screw up. In uniforms that do you no favors in keeping you cool. You are just saying that because you are jealous of the of the marching because most of the time, the marching band gets more trophies that the football team. It’s normal. January 17th, 2017 8:30 am, Not in marching band on November 4th, 2019 12:34 pm, SAXOFAM on Adding onto this, flute players are sometimes looked down upon because they are thought to be easy to play. March 4th, 2017 4:29 pm, Anonymous Bass Clarinet on I personally feel like the people who say that marching band is not a sport are either worthless airheads or they are jealous wannabes. Not according to you, at least. And the stress during the actual performances increases TEN-FOLD!!! September 18th, 2019 5:28 pm, Pops on flutes don’t weigh 10 pounds the average flute weighs 1.5 lbs. Is marching band a sport? Theres no reason to argue over something so arbitrary. Let me reiterate on what the sport is called, marching band. The evidence is explained in the above article. And as a contra player and being a sophomore in marching band yeah it’s hard and yeah it sucks but it takes skill and it’s harder than most of y’alls sports anyway. Or at least nice for people to recongnise us for the sport we are. and entertainment? If you will pardon my immaturity, my classmates (males) said that marching band isn’t a sport because if going by the dictionary definition so is beating your meat (per se my apologies) It is really annoying and I can’t explain it to them well enough the amount of hard work we go into for marching band. the beginning said “If anyone says that marching band is a sport then they are wrong.”. And when we preform we have to be precice. Part 4: So just like EVERY OTHER SPORT, there are NEWBIES. Everyone works hard for the team- for the group, knowing that they won’t be called out for a single recognition of good work. I feel its memerization while power walking. Its called a Marching Band for a reason we don´t walk that´s common knowledge. According to height and weight charts from doctors linebackers would also be considered “out of shape”. People pay a lot of money to get into a comp. Try doing the back words and a transition of a 45* angle. Alyvia you are stupid. I don’t expect any of you people to tell me that I am wrong. December 6th, 2017 10:03 am, Trumpetboyo on So your saying that we are “out of shape”. just looking at the replies you got, need I say more? So Cole, how would you like to spend a whole week from dawn till dusk in the middle of August running, stretching, exercising, and repeating movements over and over again in the hottest week of summer. One considers marching band just as a musical activity and does not value it as an athletic activity. In most cases the performances are judged and awards are given based on the musical performance and general effect of the show. For an visual, video example of just how competitive and intense DCI competitions can get be sure to check out a series called Clash of The Corps that is available to watch on Amazon Prime. Video gaming? Nah fam. I’m not saying that other teams don’t work hard, they do. November 30th, 2017 5:15 pm, Carter Ward on September 30th, 2019 10:08 am, That one drummer on Its marching band they can practice on normal grass, but field hockey can’t. We spend hours outside in the sun marching and trying to keep a perfect form the entire time. have you even ever watched a marching band performance exactly? Most students believe marching band is not a sport, but rather a performing art. Both sides are right, but to make a final decision we need to look deeper into the facts. “It’s lacks NO physical ability”? Thank you. If you make it early or late, it throws off the whole general affect, and ruins that chunk of the show. April 16th, 2018 12:55 pm, BandDad on Also, you try carrying a 50 pound instrument on one shoulder for 8 hours a day, in 95 degree heat, during summer. Physical extortion, check. Make it a wind instrument and add blowing in a particular way and doing all of the above while out of breath. Hope you know 1.) February 18th, 2018 10:21 pm, That one Trumpet nerd on Because regular marching and stepping would disrupt our air movement, which in turn disrupts the pattern in our music, which makes us sound terrible. According to that description, marching band should technically be considered a sport. So please one more time say why you don’t think marching band isn’t a sport. And not only is it EXTREMELY competitive, at my school we write it, and do the entire thing by ourselves. So Marching band is a sport. A sport is a competitive competition with more than 2 teams and even though my school goes against one other in in my state but at my national competition their is 8 other schools I have to go against. One of the best competitive marching band shows is the World Championship Finals, publicized each year on ESPN (a sports channel), just like other sports. Of course it’s a sport. October 23rd, 2017 7:34 pm, Anonymous Guard Member on We sometimes drink up to a gallon of water PER PRACTICE. Well, lets see. January 10th, 2018 9:26 pm, That one Trumpet nerd on you try marching in 100 to 20 degree weather plus practise almost every day. February 18th, 2018 10:26 pm, dctrtpt on Marhcing band is totally a sport becuase we have these long weeks called band camp. We have physical exertation (halftime shows, practice, playing the instrument in general!) Actually, there is a fixed point system, but unless you are a judge, won’t know it. Ok, band is definitely a sport. Particular time of year? These characteristics are more representative of an artistic activity, not simply a physical one. August 7th, 2017 9:45 pm, Harry Millern on Yes, I agree that it is a light instrument, however, it takes careful precision to correctly hold it in a position that satisfies the director, drum major, and judges. Okay… Once more, Let’s think about this. The actual depiction of a high school marching band is around 150-200 musicians (or 500 if you’re Allen High School) using instruments varying from a clarinet to a mellophone while maintaining a straight-leg technique. There are some marching bands that don't really do much during the year other than march in step down the street in a parade. It can be tremendously straining, especially on the physical side. We do that too. My band teacher was in DCI. they really outweigh the arguments that say it’s not. No ball is used, carrying nothing. I mean at my school, people go to football games to watch us play because we are better than the football team. Happy? While we play instruments, they twirl 20-30 pound flags in perfect unison, toss and catch it perfectly, have many flag changes, etc. Then you have TEAMMATES, who, after band camp, become more of a family. To add to “Fight me’s” argument, after you do all that, try to do so while keeping your upper body facing the stands and while keeping perfect posture. Also if were going by these standards does that mean battle of the books is a sport because you have to practice and go to competitions against other schools. You guys are just saying it is a sport because you weren’t good enough to play real sports. November 30th, 2017 5:08 pm, Ndbsbhsbbs on December 6th, 2017 9:54 am, Carson on I get exhausted just watching them practice, let alone even trying some of the stuff they do. It takes very little strength to play golf. The techies, as we call them, are building, painting, and wiring the set around our rehearsal time, and the orchestra has a similar rehearsal schedule as well. October 17th, 2018 12:44 pm, that one girl trombone player on Also search Webb City Highschool Football and once you see our football team you’ll be supprised as to why i said that marching band is probably harder than football. that is usually made of (or at least ours is) thick cotton (ours is black and maroon) that SUCKS in the summer, and honestly there’s too much I can take off the top of my head like I have been so I’ll leave you with the dictionary definition of a sport and prove that it fits.
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