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Should Marching Band be Considered a Sport
Transcript of Should Marching Band be Considered a Sport
During marching season, band kids have to march around holding instruments up to ten pounds or more ten to twenty degrees above parallel, doing the same thing up to ten times, then going back to the beginning.
I personally think it would be funny to see someone who's not in marching band take sixteen steps backwards over two and a half yard lines to 160 bpm.
Mini Band Camp
Before band camp even starts, the band gets together for three days from 6:00 to 8:30 to learn basics (roll step, backwards march, left/right face, about face)
At band camp, we get up at 6:30, walk to the flag on top of the hill, stand at attention and then wait to get broken by the seniors, go to breakfast, walk to the field, and practice for hours. After morning practice, we have lunch, do section practice for an hour, go to field and practice more. Then we have dinner and after that is rec time for two hours (thank goodness), practice until nine, group activities until ten, and we're not allowed to go to bed until eleven.
The students in this schools marching band practiced every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 to 8:00 doing the same thing over and over again. To band director, one more time means at least five more. Section leaders can call a sectional at least an hour before practice starts to work on marching, music, or both.
Marching band competitions give 1-3 ratings. 1 being the best, 3 being the worst. Competitions also give out awards, like at Brandon.
Marching band should be considered a sport, because according to the definition it's "an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess..." (dictionary.com). Marching requires commitment, endurance, and hours of practice.