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Atrissa posted this thread...
Dec. 22, 2011 at 12:42 pm

If you disagree, YOU go try running one end of the field to the other in synchronized steps while navigating a course through about a hundred other members while hitting every note and nailing every visual and carrying 40-50 lbs of dead weight on a harness, or on your shoulder. All in sixteen counts. Or try dancing your way around band members who are here there and everywhere while attempting to not hit a single one or even their plumes with a six foot metal pole or solid wood rifle you're constantly spinning, throwing and catching while also moving place to place without ever stopping. Both as you are not watching your feet and lifting to present and perform the best you can to impress a panel of judges that don't care if you learned the work a month ago or five minutes ago in warm up, or that you just got your leg brace removed because you threw out your knee, or that you can't think straight because your grandfather is in the hospital undergoing triple bypass heart surgery. Do all that and then tell me marching band is not a sport.

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era5987 replied...
Dec. 23, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Well said! I'm a band geek......and I do marching band.....Grant it my band is WAY smaller than the one you're talking about, but it is hard! And doing it in the rain, or the blazing sun. And going to practice at least twice a week, freezing or sweating your butt off while doing all of the things that you're talking about PLUS repeating it five or six times! Also slipping and sliding on astroturf or on a really muddy field. It takes dedication and A LOT of time. Plus you take time to make the props and memorize the music and/or steps. Alot of saturdays used going to comps......Yea I'd say that it was a sport!

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Atrissa replied...
Dec. 25, 2011 at 6:58 am

Yeah it takes a lot of time, but I love it!!!

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Viridian replied...
Jan. 2, 2012 at 11:15 am

I've never heard it described as a sport before, but the way you talk about it makes me think it is!

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Atrissa replied...
Jan. 2, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Lol, it totally is :)

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EPluribusUnumThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Jan. 16, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Have the jocks at your school been giving you a hard time? For whatever reason, the cheerleaders at mine hate the gaurdies. As for whether or not it's a sport, anything that's contact qualifies as a sport in my opinion. Have you ever dropped a flag on your head? Definately contact.

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Kat0101 replied...
Jan. 20, 2012 at 10:12 pm

I came here ready to post that it is definitely not a sport but the way you described it really changed my opinion. Now id call it a musical/sport. Pretty awesome!!!

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FluteFreak replied...
Jan. 25, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Yes!! Other band geeks! Practicing in the snow is definitely the worst one of the worst parts, yet I love it.

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EPluribusUnumThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Jan. 26, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Me too! The snow can be a pain, though. It dumped sleet on my band during one of our competitions. That was miserable.

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Atrissa replied...
Jan. 28, 2012 at 11:12 am

yeah, marching in the snow would suck :P one of my ffriends a few years ago apparently tossed her rifle, someone elsesflag hit her, then her rifle came back down and hit her too DX the cheerleaders tolerate us, the fb team hates us X) we kick them of the practice field

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EPluribusUnumThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Jan. 29, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Ouch! Flags smart, but rifles HURT. I've got a big purple and green bruise on my arm from a rifle, and I NEVER bruise. It's wierd, I can feel bruises but they never show up. I broke my rifle the same practice it bruised me. Poor rifle...
That's funny about the fb team. I wish the guard could kick the various sports teams out of the gym to practice for indoor. We have to use the cafeteria, which has a really low ceiling. And some of the guardies "toss to Jesus". It's scary. Every fifteen minutes or so you'll hear somebody scream and a flag will clang against a light. There's a new hole in the ceiling that we might have forgotten to report... :D

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Atrissa replied...
Feb. 2, 2012 at 5:43 pm

hahaha, according to our instructor, im a speed demon and when we a silk toss (or any toss...) he shouts 'full extension everyone! except you, bring it down by your toes... X)

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EPluribusUnumThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Feb. 3, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Haha! I love marching band! :) I wish I could get more of my friends to join, but most of them either run cross country (and track...and indoor track...) or think I'm nuts.

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Atrissa replied...
Feb. 6, 2012 at 12:44 am

me too, every time we have a shadow in the room, it's 'do you play and instrument?' 'yes?' 'JOIN MARCHING BAND.' 'no?' 'JOIN GUARD OR BE A DRUM MAJOR.' 'wha...?' 'DONT QUESTION, JUST DO.' '....' needless to say, the shadows always leave with a little fear of the bandies

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EPluribusUnumThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Feb. 7, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Ha! It's funny how many people get scared off when we try to recruit them!
Oh my gosh! Last night we were practicing in the cafeteria and our instructor went to go get someting. While she was gone, a couple of girls decided to and write their own indoor show. They titled it "TSUNAMI!!!" (you have to yell it to get the full efect). Well "TSUNAMI!!!" is full of very high tosses and other dramatic looking stuff, so they were really asking for it. The rest of us pretty much died laughing when their flag GOT STUCK IN THE CEILING!!!! After everyone had taken their picture with it(several times), someone saw our instructor returning. So we all yelled, and poked it with another flag, and pretty much ran around in a blind panic until we could (somewhat) return the ceiling tile to it's original state. The whole time our instructor had no idea, until we showed her the pictures!!! :D

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daniellekr replied...
Apr. 19, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Totally agree. Clarinet player right here! ;)

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Estelle18 replied...
Apr. 27, 2012 at 11:02 am

im a senior and was in marching band freshman year then to color-guard the other years...i agree :) lol but color-guard is better!!!!!

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musicispassion replied...
Jul. 12, 2012 at 7:08 pm

well i was in a "marching band" but we never marched we had uniforms and everything but nothing then one day we were goign to participate in a march we practiced in the parking lot and that was some serious multi tasking and hard work but nothing like your talking about. so ya i'd say it's a sport! ( our march got cancelled after all that hardwork grrr..)

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Sept. 21, 2012 at 7:44 am

I could not agree more. I am in the pit at my school but I know what marching band can intail.....we do deserve to be known as athletes

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beachychick replied...
Sept. 21, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Wow. To be honest, I never thought of matching band as a sport but you make a great point (:

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