Marching band a sport? Many people would say that is a crazy idea while others may understand it completely. Marching band is playing a musical instrument while marching a certain way to a tempo. Marching band is a form of entertainment that competes at competitions against other marching bands. Myself, knowing what marching band is and how it works from personal experience, marching band should be considered a sport.
I hate marching band. Leaving the trap of a class was the best decision I made in my high school experience. Once I was through with band, I joined theater. Joining theater for my schedule well, introduced me to friends, and opened my mind to new possibilities I hadn't considered before. Marching band was physically demanding.
Marching band; copious amounts of people scoff at the sound of those words. I often hear students commenting on how easy marching band is, how we don’t train like the football players do. At Anderson High School, that’s not the case, the marching band trains for just as long. As a band of over 125 individuals, it takes determination, pride, and confidence to achieve the goals we have set forth to accomplish. As a leader of the saxophone section, I know what it’s like to face failure, to overcome and turn it into success and to march on with confidence.
There is a great debate on whether marching band is a sport or not. In marching band the performers have to get a physical. Also there are competitions for marching. Another thing is that most people think that only nerds are in marching band, but most people don’t know that the people in marching band are actually using more energy than the football team. Marching band is a sport because of the Physical exertion, the mental fitness, and the time it takes to practice.
I think my parents are going to go deaf soon. Between the snap of the snare drum, the ring of a crash cymbal, the kick of the bass drum, and the clang of the baby grand piano, my parents hearing is declining. With percussion and piano I have been drawn to the more boisterous instruments. Even though I play some of the loudest instruments, my parents still yell at me for being on the quiet computer. It seems that my parents don’t value quiet as much as I thought.
The time is now. The roaring crowd settled, the stadium lights shined above us, the field was set. It was time to show the audience how much dedication, sweat, and tears were put in the show right before the eyes. The masterpiece, I like to call it. The hardest part however, is making it seem so effortlessly.
As the summer nears its end, band kids everywhere prepare for the hectic nature of marching band. We all begin to dread the coming of band camp, but long for the passion and livelihood of the approaching marching season. Band has its ups and downs; however, the benefits it leaves us with are immeasurable. For instance, a benefit of joining band is the beautiful and irreplaceable experiences someone will get to partake in.
Many high school students struggle with time management and self-discipline, but there is a way to help them learn these attributes—band. In general, music can help people learn and function easier; it can be—and quite often is—used in therapy. Music helps people focus easier, and it can improve their mood. Band, specifically, can help students with many aspects of life; it can keep students healthier, and teach students valuable life lessons. Participating in band—marching band or otherwise—teaches discipline and punctuality.
Throughout my high school career, I was forced into many situations where I was challenged to connect with my peers and serve as a role model for future students. Whether it be my involvement in the school marching band, or helping students in community tutoring sessions, I have always made it my goal to better the people around me through my own efforts. Throughout my high school career, I have put forth my best effort to connect with my peers, transform individuals, and make a difference in my community. Joining the school marching band at the beginning of my freshman year of high school was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
A challenge that I over came was tossing a flag in the Color Guard. I had to learn how to toss my flag from my teacher Mrs. Tomas. She had to teach me how to toss it high enough, so I can prepare to catch it. She had taught me how to toss it right so I can catch it and not hit anyone, and I had to practice a lot, so I can learn the moves, and do them right. It was hard, but I caught on very fast.
During my four years of marching band there were series of ups and downs. One serious downfall in disguise was my junior year. My junior year our season was set up for major success with an amazing staff, extremely supportive parents, a great band, and an even better group work ethic than any other year. However, there were uncontrollable factors that some people, including myself, considered the single factor that “ruined” our season.
“Marching Band v.s. Football” Marching band and football have a lot more in common than people realize. Most individuals do not take this into consideration, they favor one over the other in most cases, unless you have children or friends that are involved in both. The two encourage each other, when the marching band plays it really can spark an energy unspoken into the football players; thus, when the football team makes a good play, this can really be beneficial when getting a band to be interested in the game. Together, both activities bring out the best in each other, though, they do have their differences as well. One of the first visibal and obvious differences between the marching band and the football team is the equipment each uses.
Did you know that marching band members spend so much time putting drill on the field for an entire summer break?The Friday nights, and Saturday afternoons we spend on a football field? The energy, sweat, and pride we put onto a football field or parking lot? All this, but unfortunately, marching band is still known for an “elective”.
Out of all the things I would do in high school, nothing would impact me more than joining the North Rangers Marching Band. It would give me more skills than any other aspect of my life that would prepare me for a future and allow me to evolve from a shy child to an adult with skills that prepared me for my future. I went into high school as a shy kid, with no true direction, at least until I discovered my schools marching band. Although coming in two years behind most of me peers, I knew that this was where I was meant to be, and with that, my mind was set and I was determined. Throughout the next two years, I would face countless difficulties with this that felt at times like tests of my willpower and what this band meant to me, but luckily I would push through, and in the end, would be left with a stronger person.