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But if you think about it, It is a lot like a cell.

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Brady Wilkins

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Transcript of But if you think about it, It is a lot like a cell.

But if you think about it, It is a lot like a cell.
A marching band can be a spectacular sight.
This first analogy that could be made would be that the directors are the "nucleus of the cell. By directing the band and its activities, the directors perform similar duties to that of a nucleus.
The next obvious comparison would be the sidelines of the field are like the cell membrane. The cell membrane is what allows things in and what keeps things out (selectively permeable). The sideline is very similar because it keeps the marchers inside the field and keeps spectators off or outside the field.
Another analogy would be that of the drum line is the mitochondrion of the band. Similar to the way that the mitochondria provide energy to the cell, the drum line provides the tempo.
Yet another similarity between a marching band and a cell is the buses and the trailer are the endoplasmic reticulum of the cell. By shipping band members and equipment to where they need to go, the buses and the trailer perform a similar duty to that of the endoplasmic reticulum.
A lesser know comparison is that of the drum major is the nucleolus of the band. The nucleolus contains the deoxyribonucleic acid necessary for the production of ribosomes and proteins. The drum major is very similar due to the fact that they help shape the process of creating the band and its members.
A band also has what could be considered a Golgi apparatus in a cell. A Golgi apparatus takes proteins and nutrients and then ,in sense, packages them for shipment. This action is very similar to how the loading crew loads and unloads all the necessary items needed for an event.
One of the least known rolls in the band is the visuals staff. This visual staff is similar to the organelle of the lysosome. This similarity is found in the fact that they both break down things for the band or cell. While the way lysosome breaks down things is more like a garbage disposal, the visuals staff breaks down the drill.
Yes as shown above, ribosomes have an analogy to be made with a marching band. Section leaders are the ribosomes of the band. Similar to how the ribosomes synthesize proteins and make them usable, section leaders teach people how to march and play in make them a useful asset to the band.
And last but certainly not least, there are the proteins that make up the cell. These correlate to every single marcher on the field that make up the band. Similar to how without proteins, there would be no cell, without marchers, there would be no band. These two parts of the band and cell are vital the the operation of the whole.
Cell Analogies and functions

So as a brief road map or key, the cell and marching band share the analogies of: the nucleus and the band director; the mitochondria and the drum line; the Endoplasmic Reticulum and the buses and the trailer; the Golgi apparatus and the loading crew; the field and the cell membrane; the nucleolus and the drum majors; the lysosomes and the visuals staff; the ribosomes and the section leaders; and finally the proteins and the marchers. All these similarities combined make the cell and a marching band similar but the one characteristic that makes them the closest is how if just one part of each fails to do its job, the whole collapses.
By Brady Wilkins
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