It all came down to this. All of the long hours of hard work, all leading up to this one final practice. Next Saturday the Liberty High School Marching Band would be competing at the FootHill Band Review and every member had to give it their all if we wanted to have a successful practice. It was a brisk October night, the leaves on the trees were turning a beautiful auburn, and the sun disappearing into a golden sea behind Mount Diablo. As we got into our formation in the parking, I felt the brass slowly turning my hands numb as I held my trumpet.
Marching Band is a complex activity that many people are incapable of handling. It requires mental and physical output like no other sport. To be able to play an instrument while keeping correct marching techniques is a difficult task. Over time it becomes easier because the outdoor practices a person must endure are two and a half hours long. The marchers must practice for halftime shows, parades, and competitions to earn a record.
Imagine you were standing on a massive football field with thousands of eyes on you. Your legs quiver with excitement, ready to show the audience what you and your closest friends have got. And it begins; your very first marching band performance. This is the beautiful part of marching band: compassion, friendship, competitiveness, courage, and the strength to continue. This is why marching band is a sport.
Many students have the opportunity to work in teams whether it’s a sport or a club that partakes in competitions. For me, that activity is marching band. Although marching band isn’t a sport, it’s similar in the team aspect, except we can have 150 or more other team members. Working in such a large group can be very overwhelming and time consuming. The season starts in late June and can go on well into the months of November or December.
No other community matches the diverse range of activities found in a marching band. As a musical activity, physical activity, performance art, and social catalyst, my high school marching band has been one of the largest driving forces in my life thus far. Eighth graders with a non-existent musical background interacted daily with a Senior who has already set his sights on music education; the marching unit brings its members together into a tight knit community that shares the struggles of intense practice, schoolwork, and general teenage life in a way that is free of predefined boundaries that are present in many other aspects of life. Race, age, gender: disregarded in favor of personal effort, enthusiasm, and dedication. The marching unit
As high school marching bands grow larger, they typically trade in their military marching style for the less technical core style of marching. As a result, schools are throwing away the military tradition that has been continued throughout time and they lose the formality and precision only a military style band can achieve. Three major differences between a military marching band and a core marching band include the music they play, how they march, and the impact they have on their community. The music a band plays can influence how well their overall performance goes and how the audience feels the band did during that performance.
Why I Hate Band What is the real definition of insanity? Merriam Webster’s definition is “severe mental illness : the condition of being insane.” Albert Einstein’s definition is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. And my definition is “running the same set over and over again expecting the freshmen to hit their set.” Unfortunately, this is a daily occurrence for members of a marching band, who spend countless hours walking from one side of a field to another just so that they can perform at a game while the audience is at the concessions.
I’m a person that is constantly doing something. Whether it’s marching band or working at Kumon, nothing satisfies me more than getting things done. I’ve been this way for as long as I can remember. To me, I can’t will myself to be stuck doing nothing unless I’m sleeping or eating- it just isn’t possible. Although it’s a trait that some may not admire, it’s something I appreciate in the plethora of my personality traits.
Marching band is one of the most underrated sports, but is also one of the greatest due to the physical and mental strength required to to be successful at it. Instead of making this essay all about why I should be a section leader of next years Alto Saxophones, I have decided to write about why a specific team of saxes should be next years section leaders. After watching the huge change in the flute section this year with three section leaders, I asked myself, if the flutes could do it, then why can’t we? The section has pretty much accepted that Kristina will be a section leader as long as she applies. A majority of us have no problem with that because she deserves it.
An activity comprised of physical exertion, skills in which a singular person or team competes against another, or for the entertainment of others by definition this is a sport. By society definition of a sport certain activities like golfing, football, or chess are categorized into these pastimes. Now there is an activity that uses all aspects of this sporting definition but many do not consider this a sport. Marching band being considered a sport is controversial in the eyes of many. Marching band utilizes entertainment for others, skills in which a singular person or team competes against another, and physical exertion.
I believe in marching band. I believe in blood, sweat, and tears. I believe in working hard not only for yourself, but also for the other 90 people on the field with you. I believe that if someone can get through a season without sweating, bleeding, and crying a few times throughout the season, they don’t deserve to call themselves a marching band member. I’ve spent each summer since I was a freshman in high school on the black pavement for 9 hours a day.