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Is Marching Band a sport or not?

Twilight Obsesser~Forever 2009/12/21 20:48:43
most definatly
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okay i have had this debate with my classmates for 3 months now and now i am coming to you the people of sodahead is marching band a sport or not

and before you ansewr read this

Any person that particapates in marching are actually very agile they have to do an lot of phisical work such as running. but what really makes marching badn a sport is the fact that while phisically workingthe body they also have to play witch in turn requires good lungs.
All in all MARCHING BAND IS A SPORT. and after you watch this video tell me this does not look hard
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  • HarryStyyles1 2013/01/03 18:17:56
    most definatly
    HarryStyyles1
    +10
    Why don't you go outside, with an instrument, and hold it up at perfect attention staring at one place for several hours without a water break, and tell me that's NOT physical exertion. It's a sport. We've got scoring, rules, competition, and physicality. Your argument is invalid. (:

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  • brandon 2014/12/14 06:17:41
    most definatly
    brandon
    Definition of sport. Insert a competitive marching band in there= sport
  • Kanaka 2014/12/04 09:19:35 (edited)
    most definatly
    Kanaka
    According to Dictionary.com a sport is "an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature"

    Walking is not a sport because it doesn't include a competitive nature obviously -.-

    However Marching band does have competitions and also requires skill as well as physical prowess.

    Skills and abilities that Marching band as well as other sports have are: Leadership skills, being able to trust your other members, Resilience skills, as well as teamwork "One individual can ruin everything" and many others.

    Physical prowess, you must be able to carry an instrument but also march as easy as it sounds "Easier said then done"



    As I read through some of the comments i saw one that said he is in marching band and thinks its easy so i decided to check out his marching band and now see why he thinks it is not a sport. I will compare his show to one of my shows and explain my opinion of why i think it should be a sport



    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch... Franklin Regional High School

    In this show honestly it is really easy... and i thought it was bad because your visuals were very confusing and sloppy. Another reason was your show wasn't as enthusiastic or didn't sound like you guys tried... A reason you think Marching band is easy is also because your tempo...





















    According to Dictionary.com a sport is "an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature"

    Walking is not a sport because it doesn't include a competitive nature obviously -.-

    However Marching band does have competitions and also requires skill as well as physical prowess.

    Skills and abilities that Marching band as well as other sports have are: Leadership skills, being able to trust your other members, Resilience skills, as well as teamwork "One individual can ruin everything" and many others.

    Physical prowess, you must be able to carry an instrument but also march as easy as it sounds "Easier said then done"



    As I read through some of the comments i saw one that said he is in marching band and thinks its easy so i decided to check out his marching band and now see why he thinks it is not a sport. I will compare his show to one of my shows and explain my opinion of why i think it should be a sport



    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch... Franklin Regional High School

    In this show honestly it is really easy... and i thought it was bad because your visuals were very confusing and sloppy. Another reason was your show wasn't as enthusiastic or didn't sound like you guys tried... A reason you think Marching band is easy is also because your tempo is really slow. Its not your fault its the instructor though, i think that you guys have a lot of potential because you guys are a huge band! Compared to mine, this is where your leadership skills come into play, maybe you should ask your instructor for harder pieces but yeah...



    2. https://www.youtube.com/watch... Radford High School

    As you can we are a small band...BUT we have a big sound! In this show we march at a tempo of 180(BPM) Beats Per Minute. If you are not sure how fast that is download or search for a "Metronome" and set it to 180. Our music as you can see is more challenging and exciting because we worked hard. And if you compare our visuals, my show has more discipline and is on point. As you can see we make mistakes, this is where your resilience skills come to use because there are a couple mistakes but we are pretty good at hiding them. We also had to Trust each other for certain sets, for example when tenors and snares go between the woodwinds. Leadership and trust also come from the Drum Major (Conductor) because in this show we have tempo changes. Physically if you play this show you should be exhausted. Also, 2 motivating quotes my instructor tends to say:
    "When your at practice treat everything as if it were a performance"(Allen)
    "If your having a bad day, injured, or even going against natural disasters while performing, the audience and more importantly the Judges don't care. All they want to see is for you to perform and mess up..."(Allen).
    P.S. Our instructor is the guy on the bottomish right jumping up and down :)


    3. If you got nothing else to do then you should also check out some of the bands here that are in bigger divisions. This is also why i thought the first show was bad...

    Our Ratings from judges go from: 1. Fair 2. Good 3. Excellent 4.Superior



    https://www.youtube.com/watch... Mililani High School



    https://www.youtube.com/watch... Moanalua High School
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  • Hannah sparrow 2014/06/05 02:46:41
    most definatly
    Hannah sparrow
    marching band is not pathetic. marching band is a sport- I have danced for 11 years, but never have had something as physically demanding as marching band. Basically, you start before you are even considered a freshman, go to mandatory rehearsals all summer in 100+ temperature for three hours each rehearsal. You get three 5 minute WATER breaks, not SITTING breaks. These summer rehearsals are constantly going over technique, because yes there is a technique to marching, and the show music. The technique for marching is very strenuous on your body, especially with how you hold some instruments. Your arms are up at about 90 degrees, with hands eye level, chin is up, shoulders are back, and sternum is up as far as it can go, back is straight, knees are slightly bent to prevent passing out, feet and toes together, and you lean slightly forward. Now think about moving across a football field in time at about 180 beats a minute! That is the easy part, marching without an instrument. You then go inside and do breathing gyms for about 15 minutes, where most people pass out. This is because you need to be able to breathe very well to have the endurance to move across the field for eight minutes straight as well as put enough air into your instrument to create a good sound. That brings ...
    marching band is not pathetic. marching band is a sport- I have danced for 11 years, but never have had something as physically demanding as marching band. Basically, you start before you are even considered a freshman, go to mandatory rehearsals all summer in 100+ temperature for three hours each rehearsal. You get three 5 minute WATER breaks, not SITTING breaks. These summer rehearsals are constantly going over technique, because yes there is a technique to marching, and the show music. The technique for marching is very strenuous on your body, especially with how you hold some instruments. Your arms are up at about 90 degrees, with hands eye level, chin is up, shoulders are back, and sternum is up as far as it can go, back is straight, knees are slightly bent to prevent passing out, feet and toes together, and you lean slightly forward. Now think about moving across a football field in time at about 180 beats a minute! That is the easy part, marching without an instrument. You then go inside and do breathing gyms for about 15 minutes, where most people pass out. This is because you need to be able to breathe very well to have the endurance to move across the field for eight minutes straight as well as put enough air into your instrument to create a good sound. That brings you to the musicality. Marching band music is very challenging, and it takes a lot of mental endurance to memorize every note accidental, crescendo, decrescendo, key signature, time change, etc. in the music as well as what the fingerings are. You also have to sound good while playing because you are representing the band. Anyone can play an instrument well when standing, but you have to add marching to that. That is during band camp, which takes place nine hours a day on some crappy field with bugs, and no shade. You sit for lunch and that is it. You are constantly moving and in direct sunlight all day. Marching begins, and you start adding music to the movement. Always hit the ground with the heel of the correct foot on the beat, while playing some notes that don’t even line up with the beats you are marching. Now, all you have left is learning and memorizing every single step you take on the field as well as the music and you are good to go! So now, you perform an exhibition of the eight minute show for the parents and continue with summer rehearsals until school starts. School starting is the regular season start time for band. You only stay after four times a week for three hours every week, constantly changing drill, because yes things do change because of how we are judged. We completely rewrote drill to make one judge happy. You then go home and struggle to do homework, and the next day you find out you have a football game. You practice for two hours before the football game, dress in full uniform and play in the stands to support the football team, then entertain the audience, filled with disrespectful people who don’t care, and play pep tunes the rest of the night. You think we enjoy playing for people who don’t care? No, but we do anyway because we have pride in our school and we represent them everywhere we go. You get home around 10 at night fall asleep and wake up the next morning to have a five hour practice and go to a competition. You need to have self-discipline to be able to handle a band competition. One mistake and the entire band will go down. Every move you make and note you produce is being judged. Every mistake takes points off, everything is judged opinion for general effect of the show. You get home around 3 in the morning on Sunday and your weekend is completely filled up. Then you start over with the same routine until about november or december, depending on playoffs for football. Everywhere we go we represent the school with pride and dignity. We are not allowed to swear while wearing the uniform, as it is disrespectful to the staff and students. We wear the uniform with pride and show we are one competitive unit. See in band, everything is perfected down to every single step size and accent because we are one, we are not individual teammates doing things that will make ourselves look better. One person can move to the wrong dot and the band will screw up. Band is not for fat lazy people, as most band kids are in shape because of the physicality, and hard working. See band is for the smart people who want something more challenging to do, band is for people who can be committed to something longer than any other athlete can. We train all year, because there are multiple ways we represent the school like parades or trips. The season never ends for us. We are athletes, and marching band is in fact a sport. You cannot argue it is not if you have never had experience throwing a metal heavy flag or rifle or sabre 10 feet above your head and catching it perfectly, or marching with proper technique, or playing an instrument.
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  • Sally 2013/11/08 06:50:27 (edited)
    no not at all
    Sally
    First of all, this whole vote was rigged at the start. The person who made this poll didn't want to know the real answer but to just make more people believe band is a sport. Also, now on to the arguments most definitely. Most of these comments were obviously biased because probably 90% of the comments were from people in marching band. To make it simple, its like saying school is good when you are a teacher that teaches in schools. So most of the arguments on most definitely just got wiped out with this. But same for no not at all. No not at all was mostly people in sports who see band is easy and not physical exertion compared to their sport. Now on to the dictionary definition that says physical exertion. This is opinionated and cannot be used. Now I don't know what you could use as a sport but, if we did use this definition, anything can be a sport. Like walking can be physically exerting. A big example which is also often argued about is if forensics (speech and debate) is a sport. I'm in forensics and I've been physically exerted so many times. I run in high heels and try being double entered in an invitational. You go to these tournaments that last one to four days waking up at 6am and coming back at 11pm. Also, with practice, like many people say for band it depends on...
    First of all, this whole vote was rigged at the start. The person who made this poll didn't want to know the real answer but to just make more people believe band is a sport. Also, now on to the arguments most definitely. Most of these comments were obviously biased because probably 90% of the comments were from people in marching band. To make it simple, its like saying school is good when you are a teacher that teaches in schools. So most of the arguments on most definitely just got wiped out with this. But same for no not at all. No not at all was mostly people in sports who see band is easy and not physical exertion compared to their sport. Now on to the dictionary definition that says physical exertion. This is opinionated and cannot be used. Now I don't know what you could use as a sport but, if we did use this definition, anything can be a sport. Like walking can be physically exerting. A big example which is also often argued about is if forensics (speech and debate) is a sport. I'm in forensics and I've been physically exerted so many times. I run in high heels and try being double entered in an invitational. You go to these tournaments that last one to four days waking up at 6am and coming back at 11pm. Also, with practice, like many people say for band it depends on how hard you try. Probably most people would think we just think up things and say it but, we have to follow a topic, make a case, and go around running to get to rounds. And Speech isn't as easy either. People would also think you just talk talk talk about things in speech but, there's so much more to it. You do acting,make your own writings, and interpret other's speeches. Especially in acting, its very physically exerting. If you want to be good, you have to stay after school until 8pm to practice unless you're just naturally good. Even with that I still do not think forensics is a sport with this definition. To put in another detail, just because you're on T.V on a sports network does not mean you're a sport (seeing many marching bands preform at football games). So no band is not a sport and people may say I don't actually do these practices in the heat and such but, even with that its not a sport in my opinion. Like I said before, both sides are too biased and the definition physical exertion is an opinion. And to add on, even if you do carry these 10lbs items, that's weigh lifting and weigh lifting isn't a sport. So the people who marching band carries a lot of weigh while walking, just supported that it isn't a sport. Why I chose no not at all was because its because since I don't do a sport nor marching band I really had no knowledge of both. But reading the comments has told me that for the marching band is a sport: They do exercises in 90 degrees and carry heavy instruments. Marching band isn't a sport: It isn't as tiring as a sport and people in band are lazy so that's why its hard. Now I might of missed a lot of the comments because I didn't want to read all of them but, the parts I did read had these points. Not only did the no not at all have more arguments, they impacted more. Some of them did explain why it isn't as tiring compared to sports. That's just my opinion though, take it or ignore it.
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  • Caroline 2013/11/08 03:03:00
    no not at all
    Caroline
    You play basketball.
    You play baseball.
    You play soccer.
    You play football.
    You play volleyball.
    You play tennis.
    These are sports.
    But can you play marching band? No, you play trumpet or the clarinet or the drums. Are these instruments sports? No. You are IN the marching band. You do not play it.
  • nick Caroline 2013/11/14 00:07:06
    nick
    +1
    Simply not being able to say you play marching band doesn't mean it's not a sport. You compete, you have to be in a certain physical condition and you practice as much if not more than any other sport. We wake up at 6 and have to be at practice by 7. We got to school at 8:45. We get out at 3:45 and have sectionals until 5:30. Then on friday we march our show, and go home at around 11:30. THEN, we wake up again at 6 and be there by 7 for saturday morning rehearsal until noon. We practice just as much, if not more than you. And we only compete 4-5 times a year AT MOST. My band is highly competitive, so we go to our local competition, then a regional, then super regional, then state, and then grand nationals. And it's all for a 12 minute show that only really matters 5 times a year. After that you never play it again. How is that not a sport?
  • flutist99 Caroline 2013/11/14 02:34:29
    flutist99
    +3
    Technically you are IN basketball or tennis or baseball. There is physical activity in sports there is physical activity in marching band. There are ways to score in sports, there's ways to score in marching band. You know maybe you should look up the definition of "sport" and check off all of the things that marching band DOES have. Goodbye.
  • wow flutist99 2014/02/08 04:58:49
    wow
    Maybe YOU should look up the definition of "marching band"...an ensemble of musicians that march in time to the music for ENTERTAINMENT at events and in parades, often with brass, wind, and percussion instruments, drum majors and/or majorettes, and color guard...you're welcome.
  • kiersten wow 2014/08/16 21:08:50
    kiersten
    +3
    Some marching bands do if for "entertainment" some marching bands ACTUALLY go to competitions (like grand nationals) and become the best COMPETING marching band in the country. Why don't YOU get your facts straight.
  • Kat Caroline 2013/11/15 02:37:22
    Kat
    +2
    Well I am a Marcher and you have to look at it like this In all of the sports you listed it requires walking, running, training, and alot of practice And they get called sports.Ok now guess what happens in Marching band? We do all of that. We train. We practice.Then we compete. Just like in any other sport you have to be in a good physical shape.
  • wow Caroline 2014/02/08 04:56:18
    wow
    You play chess...your 'point' is invalid.
  • jonatha... wow 2014/04/24 02:18:18
    jonathan.pitt.9
    +1
    this comment made no sense at all.
  • Angie M... Caroline 2014/05/13 20:40:04
    Angie Marshall
    +2
    you freaking retard. marching band is more than a sport hun. you know why? i am a member of the marching band and we do more than all those sports combined so get your sh*** together and do some research on marching band;)
  • kiersten Caroline 2014/08/16 21:07:14
    kiersten
    +3
    That's very true. Marching band is not considered a sport because of you very comment. For my band, we practice 1-9 & 9-5 and the competitions are all day. If marching band was considered a sport, we would not be as good. We wouldn't have as much practice. The IHSA would not allow us to practice more that a setts in amount of hours a week. My marching band (without football games, sectionals or competitions) with just five 1-9s we work 40 hours a week. That's more than our football team works in a month. So, yes I do say marching band is a sport. But I'm also glad it isn't or we would have 3 hour practices a day & we would not be as good.
  • Kanaka Caroline 2014/12/04 09:23:13
    Kanaka
    +2
    Really?...
    You play paddling?
    You play cheerleading?
    These are sports, Can you play paddling? No. You are IN paddling. You don't play it, Can you play Cheerleading? No. You are IN cheerleading. You do not play it.
  • rayhojilla1998 2013/10/17 16:32:49
    Undecided
    rayhojilla1998
    It's more of a competition then a sport
  • haannah515 2013/10/07 01:00:25
  • griffen clarke 2013/10/01 02:25:25
    no not at all
    griffen clarke
    Truthfully I don't consider band a to be a sport, however i understand that band may be difficult and the practices may be longer than most sports but, it's about what you can accomplish in your practices. I have ran varsity cross country for 3 years on a team that has one state twice in that span, although our practices may be shorter than your band practices(3. Hour average) we accomplish ain't in that spa on days where we run long we can easily run over 12 mile sat a 7 minute mile and then do core work outs after. Along with cross country i play varsity lacrosse the practices are still shorter (3hours) we lift weights for an hour run for and hour then do stick drills/ scrimmage for the remainder of practice. The reason I don't consider band to be a sport is because it is not as demanding a most sports at least at a varsity level. I completely understand that you have to lift you instrument a for the majority of practice but for our band half of the practices we see them doing they don't even carry their instruments and yes our band has won state numerous times over the last couple years. If anyone can change my mind I am willing to listen to your argument I will not bring in Grades and athletic clothing brands to determine if you argument is valid.
  • Melissa... griffen... 2014/01/03 02:56:28
    Melissa French Horn
    +4
    But you do the same thing over and over again. With marching you have to know what you did yesterday say 7 charts or dots as some other people call them or even DRILL plus up to another 14 charts the next day. And on Friday and Saturday you have to replicate those plus up to another 20 you learned that week plus the 100 you already had. And we don't walk. A lot of people believe that we do but marching is an art. You have to break down your type of marching. There are multiple types. My school does the roll step technique and if you were to stop someone in mid march they would be balancing on the heel of one foot and the toes of another; or if going backwards on their toes. and look up a metronome online and go from 60 BPM to 180. We transferred that in my show in 2012 and do it for 2.5 min at 180. tell me you wont be tired. Just even walking is tiring at that. And you cant run you must walk if you do it. it is not the same because you have to engage your core so you don't bounce. And you home with body aches, so do marchers. I can't tell you how many times I have come home and my feet hurt so much to where I couldn't walk. And my back hurt and I had a migraine and my calves were BURNING because we worked on a part for so long where I mostly backwards marched. And on top of a...







    But you do the same thing over and over again. With marching you have to know what you did yesterday say 7 charts or dots as some other people call them or even DRILL plus up to another 14 charts the next day. And on Friday and Saturday you have to replicate those plus up to another 20 you learned that week plus the 100 you already had. And we don't walk. A lot of people believe that we do but marching is an art. You have to break down your type of marching. There are multiple types. My school does the roll step technique and if you were to stop someone in mid march they would be balancing on the heel of one foot and the toes of another; or if going backwards on their toes. and look up a metronome online and go from 60 BPM to 180. We transferred that in my show in 2012 and do it for 2.5 min at 180. tell me you wont be tired. Just even walking is tiring at that. And you cant run you must walk if you do it. it is not the same because you have to engage your core so you don't bounce. And you home with body aches, so do marchers. I can't tell you how many times I have come home and my feet hurt so much to where I couldn't walk. And my back hurt and I had a migraine and my calves were BURNING because we worked on a part for so long where I mostly backwards marched. And on top of all of that you have to play to the best of your abilities and carry up to a 50 pound instrument.And to counterargument your statement of that it is not physically demanding, read all above what I have stated as my argument. And we don't just march; we add choreography. And some groups sing. And you have to do that when you are out of breath; try that next time you run for cross country. i have included some remarkable groups who do this. OH AND YOU CAN'T MARCH ON THE FIELD WITH YOUR MOUTH WIDE OPEN OUT OF BREATH BECAUSE THERE IS A PUBLIC PROFESSIONAL PHOTO SITE THAT DOES TAKE PHOTOS AT COMPETITION,http://www.bandgr... Also known as Jolecsh
    photography.

    These are just some of my favorite groups some are just short clips
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?...
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    this is what one would experience birds eye view http://www.youtube.com/watch?...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?...
    THERE ARE PLENTY MORE OUT THERE
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  • griffen... Melissa... 2014/01/09 05:24:27
    griffen clarke
    +1
    Isn't the main point of bands to support the school and other teams. For example football arnt you supposed to be their to "energize" the team you are there to support a sport. It's hard to call you self a sport when you sit in the stands playing music "no offense". Also how come a lot of band participants are over weight and they seem to have no problem marching and playing, but when it comes to actual running and working out 90% of band people are ridiculously out of shape. Our band plays during the same time my cross country practices are going on and my team has gotten many a laught out of watching the band try to exercise. Like I have said in my previous comment my schools band has own state 3 out of the last 4 years so they aparently are good, to me they all sound he same. But as I was saying band is there to support a sport it is not actually a sport
  • Bkauffm... griffen... 2014/03/05 12:37:07
    Bkauffman93
    Ok? What about the championship bands that compete? I happen to be an alumni of a championship band. I work for two national championship marching bands. The physicality of these bands out perform most sports. And I'm an athlete as well. I play and have played almost every sport.
  • Melissa... griffen... 2014/03/15 00:56:58
    Melissa French Horn
    Psych then you should see the ones in north Texas and Indiana. Esp the Indianapolis area. I know there are others that are IN SHAPE and healthier. ANDDID YOU KNOW. MARCHING STUDENTS ARE PROVEN SCIENTIFICALLY TO BE SMARTER AND HEALTHIER AND HAVE A MORE SUCCESSFUL BRIGHT HAPPIER FUTURE THAN THE OTHER ATHLETIC PEOPLE.
  • Brandon... Melissa... 2014/06/29 02:37:13
    Brandon Giek
    +1
    Just to start out, I disagree with you "Melissa French Horn". Now in Indiana, we has "IHSAA", that is our State High School Athletic Association. In their "books" and on their website, it never mentions Marching Band to be a sport. But, we do have a ISSMA. That is the Indiana State School Music Association, and obviously it has band listed as a sport. But, their title never mentions "Athletics", while the IHSAA does. Sometimes you can't base this argument over who does what and you have do research facts, take time before you think about ranting out a "fact" that you can't back up.
  • jonatha... griffen... 2014/04/24 02:20:23
    jonathan.pitt.9
    Why would we support someone when they think we are stupid.
  • wow Melissa... 2014/02/08 05:04:23
    wow
    You don't walk...you march, duh. Band is pathetic. Honestly, band is for the kids that can't do anything else. Some people are in multiple sports but usually not most. I am in band and yeah it's 'hard' but try doing a real sport, like griffin. After that you can decide.
  • Melissa... wow 2014/03/15 00:59:56
    Melissa French Horn
    Band IS a real sport. MARCHING IS BOTH AN ART AND A SPORT. It's like dance. Some people are INCREDIBLE at it and some aren't. And I would at least think that you would think that it is possible for dance to be an art and sport. And I would think its a sport if we get PE credit for it.
  • jonatha... wow 2014/04/24 02:22:13
    jonathan.pitt.9
    have you ever been in band? cause if you haven't then you shouldn't really say its pathetic.
  • morgan ... wow 2014/06/03 19:45:55
    morgan warrington
    +2
    You want to know what's pathetic? Being in band and clearly criticizing it. Band is not* only for those who don't participate in anything else, I would say 95% of my band participates in other extra-curricular activities, INCLUDING athletics, and are highly successful in what they do. I completely agree that band does not require as much physical effort as other sports do, and is in no way as difficult as football or basketball, etc; however saying that band is "pathetic" and supposedly not a sport is simply the biggest fallacy I've ever heard. Marching band requires physical and mental skill, football requires no mental work. Band is not as difficult as other sports, but just because it's not as difficult doesn't mean it's not a sport. And here's an article to prove otherwise- http://www.atlxtv.com/2013/09... - and this article is from a SPORTS website and I'm 100% positive it is more factual than any of the high school students on this page.
  • morgan ... wow 2014/06/03 19:50:33
    morgan warrington
    +2
    And this was totally 5 years ago? Lol. I'm just now in the debate.
  • alex 2013/09/11 03:16:04
    most definatly
    alex
    I say it is a sport, we march for 2 hours in 90 degree heat, we have 2-4 water breaks, and it is not because our directors are being mean, but they are pushing us to the edge, 2 of my band directors marched phantom regiment, and 1 director marched Carolina crown, top dci bands, and all the tech staff that helps us out also marched dci, so quit saying that it is not a sport and that it is easy, we practice twice as much as our football team, and since we are going to grand nationals this year, I have wake up at 6, practice starts at 6:30 before school, and after school, practice is from 4:30 to 7, I do this everyday.
  • wow alex 2014/02/08 05:07:56
    wow
    It's not. I am in band as well as poms. Poms is wayy more extreme than band but 'it's not a sport.' And btw, it's kinda illegal for them to not allow you guys enough water in extreme temps. That's how people die...
  • Melissa... alex 2014/03/15 03:40:46
    Melissa French Horn
    My directors are too! Except one is like right out of college but he was drum major for LSU!!
  • libby 2013/09/06 16:23:42
    most definatly
    libby
    +1
    A sport is defined as something that requires physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team compete against others for entertainment. Being in the heat (even if you don't think its hard) plus marching (CORRECTLY) is physical exertion. Playing an instrument while marching is a skill, and a band works and cooperates to achieve a goal making a marching band a TEAM. And finally marching band go to competitions every year to compete against other bands and win. Whether you feel marching band is difficult or not- marching band can be defined as a sport.
  • wow libby 2014/02/08 05:08:38
    wow
    Marching Band: an ensemble of musicians that march in time to the music for entertainment at events and in parades, often with brass, wind, and percussion instruments, drum majors and/or majorettes, and color guard...nope, notta sport.
  • Sean Brabston 2013/08/21 03:33:49
    most definatly
    Sean Brabston
    +2
    I hate when people (mostly football players) say marching band is not a sport. Standing in the hot weather and in the rain playing and marching most defiantly its a sport, and what really pisses me off is when people say "Oh that is not a sport you just walk around" it is defiantly more than that. Picking up your toes as far up in the air as possible is hell on your legs and having to breath enough oxygen to play AND march makes it even harder.Don't get me started about summer practice try going to school at 8 in the morning and staying till 9 at night for 2 weeks. it takes commitment. Marching band also has competitions just like all other sports. So, for all those dumb ass people who are like "that is not a sport" try it for a semester and then you will change your mind.
  • rebecca... Sean Br... 2013/10/19 01:16:15
    rebecca.bauer.758
    +3
    this is my favorite answer so far XD and so true!!
  • wow Sean Br... 2014/02/08 05:14:10
    wow
    I am in Marching Band, it is not a sport. And it's definitely...not defiantly...ha. But you know, you're right...marching most defiantly(meaning resisting or bold opposition of) a sport. Woah. Working out your calves is HAAARD work. Really feel the burn. Did I 'get you started?' :)
  • Cassie Smith 2013/08/14 02:19:52
    most definatly
    Cassie Smith
    It pisses me off when people say that band is so easy. You try carrying around a 45 pound drum doing what we do. I got a stress fracture in my foot and currently still have it after a year from marching the tenor drums. You can't just get a stress fracture from something that's just "so easy."
  • Sean Br... Cassie ... 2013/08/21 03:24:15
    Sean Brabston
    +8
    Drum line is what keeps the band going im glad im not in it (i play mellowphone)
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