Marching Band Should Be Considered a Sport

April 15, 2008
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When the average person thinks of sports they think of football, soccer, baseball, hockey, or basketball. Yeah those are all great sports, but what about those sports that aren't sports, but should be? Marching band should be considered a sport for many reasons. Marching band fits all the definitions for a sport (and it follows them to perfection). There are many statistics to reveal marching band is a sport and how hard the members work. As a member of the FMHS Wildcat Marching Band, I know we put forth an asonishing amount of time and practice to become he great athletes we are today.

One of the most commonly accepted definitions of a sport activity is: "a physical activity which involves propelling a mass through space or over coming the resistance of a mass." In marching band, the color guard (the girls with the flags, etc.) toss flags, rifles, sabers, etc. into the air. And those instruments! Some can weigh fifty pounds or more! The one I had was at least twenty pounds. That's definitely more than football gear!

Another definition is, "a contest or competition against or with an opponent." There are many competitive marching bands out there that compete against countless opponents at each show. 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. There are more than 400,000 fans at each live event.

There are many studies evaluating how much marching band members perform. One study shows one marching band member, during a parade, works harder than a football player does during a game. When conmpared to a parade, a marching band member works about twice as hard in a field show.

Another study shows that marching band members actually NEED skills! One member needs to work every part and muscle of their body. A member needs to know how to properly march, have their music completely memorized, count, move, play, and remember what to do before and after the show, all at the same time. How many football players can count and catch a ball at the same time? Sure they have to remember the play, but that's just one thing. Football players need skills too, but they don't need as many. Marching band members have to remember at least six things all at once. One member can multi-task better than any other athlete in another sport.

As a member of a marching band, I know how hard we all work. In one season, I drank four times a much water then when we weren't practicing. I also lost ten pounds in one season. We practiced daily for hours upon end. I can lift heavier things now then I could before,

In summary, is marching band a physical activity? Yes. Is marching band undertaken competitivley? Yes. It fits all the definitions of a sport, right? Yes! There are more definitions and statistics but I don't want to bore you. So, the next time you are walking down the hallway and you see someone with a lettermans jacket that says "Band" don't think "What a band geek," think, "What a great athlete!"





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SaraB. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 22, 2010 at 8:23 pm
Amen to that! Band kids put in just as many hours and much heart as the football team, if not more, and nobody gives them an ounce of the credit they deserve. Marching band is the best thing that could have happened to me in high school. This was very well written and you hit the nail right on the head!
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DrummerGirl replied...
May 11, 2010 at 1:14 pm
Thanks!  Marching band was definately the best part of my high school carrer too.  I love it and when I go off to college next year I am going to miss it very much.
 
shsflute567 said...
May 5, 2009 at 12:19 am
This is so true! Right now in my speech class we have to do a persuasive speech and I chose that marching band is a sport. While we were in the computer lab people heard what I was doing and they started to attack me and telling me why it isn't. They agreed that it was hard work but that is it. Then my best friend decided to put in his opinion and he agreed with them so I got up and slapped him. So I decided to get my marching band uniform and mellophone for this speech. I am done with ... (more »)
 
DrummerGirl replied...
May 11, 2010 at 1:16 pm
Exactly!  I havent had people tell me that yet.  I think I intimidate them, so they just dont.  Being a band geek is one thing.  Being a marching band geek makes you just as good an athelete as any other.
 
piccolo4ever said...
Dec. 18, 2008 at 7:39 pm
Oh... my... gosh!!! THAT IS SO TRUE! No one realizes how demanding marching band is! I totally agree that you have to work every single muscle in your body... just to move at exactly the right time! I myself wrote a piece for Teen Ink about how demanding Marching Band is. Unfortunately, it wasn't accepted. So congrats on becoming a published author! We're not all that lucky! Count your blessings and keep marching! =D
 
DrummerGirl replied...
May 11, 2010 at 1:18 pm
Thank you!  I was very surprised to be published actually.  I knew it was a good peice of work but I never expected it to be published.
 
BballANDfluteygirl replied...
Sept. 20, 2011 at 10:18 pm
Yeah I totally agree with the writer yes I played basketball for almost my wholeblife and yeah it's hard but how long are the practices? Maybe an hour... In marching we are out there for hours on end and yes we DO have to run laps before practice starts and we build endurance alot of it at the end of the show you just want to lay down but you know you have to keep perfect posture and sound and march in time.. Oh and also not breathe at the same time as the people around you.. Sound crazy? That's... (more »)
 
Frank said...
Jan. 27, 2015 at 3:11 pm
Yes marching ban is a sport cause football players are only out there 2 hours marching band is out there for 4-6 hours not including band camp
 
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