Is Marching Band a sport?
February 27, 2015
When the average person thinks about the term ‘sport’, they will think about football, wrestling, baseball etc. Why is marching band any different? The dictionary defines a sport as “an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature.” According to that description, marching band should technically be considered a sport.
As like football and several other sports, there is a high school league, a college league and a national major league association. You are to stretch before marching band, practice, and also have competitive exhibitions.
All sports have a certain ‘season’ that they’re played in. Football takes place in fall and winter, track takes place in spring and summer and marching band takes place in fall, spring, summer and fall. Drum line’s typically practice all year round.
The difficulty is also equal to other sports. In marching band, participants have to hold a 20-40 pound instrument. In addition, they must walk and run in a precise way and keep time, maneuver around more than 100 other people and play your music correctly.
During competitions and practices, band members can’t run into anyone or anything else. There are also at least five judges evaluating every move you make and more than three judges watching you from other positions. People in marching band have to make several formations and complete everything in 10-15 minutes.
The difficulty is equal to any competitive sport. It is a physical activity as much as it is a mental one. During season, you have to memorize at least 100 different spots and go to them in a specified order, amount of time and amount of steps.
Most sports have specified practice times as well as camps to understand the game and routine. During the summer, highly competitive teams have camps that last more than eight hours straight. Even more relaxed bands practice for about six hours a day.
Marching bands also practice in all sorts of weather considering it’s hard to practice marching anywhere else that isn’t a football field. You can practice on 100 degree days and also below 40 temperatures. People are known to pass out from heat exhaustion and dehydration.
Another equally important part of band is color guard. Guard practices even more vigorously than band does to execute every dance, toss and move perfectly. They must have upper body strength while carrying the flags as well as be fit enough to mark spots and perform in a proficient way.
As a member, you must have skills just like with any other sport. If you are unable to march or accomplish the movements that you are given, there is no way you will be a successful member of the marching band.
Although many will argue, until you endure a marching season it’s very unlikely you’ll consider this activity a sport. 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.