They turned and looked at me incredulously. "You stretch for band?"
"Yeah. We stretch right before we run."
"Yes. It helps build our lungs and..."
I spent the rest of the day answering their questions—very frustrating, if you ask me.
I never really understood why people never considered marching band a sport. We get P.E. credit for that class for a reason. We may only get physical for a few months, but it's the same as a tennis player who plays during the season, and then takes a TA period when it ends.
Except we actually play and do musical things after the season is over.
The definition of a sport is, "An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others."
Thank you, Google.
Let's break this up, shall we?
You aren't allowed to move your upper body AT ALL. Not even to scratch your nose. Not even if you have a bee at the end of your piccolo, as CMHS alum Alfredo Munoz can vouch for. Imagine carrying a huge tuba, moving all over a field while marching at 180 bpm (here's a link to an online metronome. Every beat is your foot hitting the ground: http://www.webmetronome.com/). Pretty much a run, right?
Except you have to keep your feet consistent. We practice this by running around the Jim Scott Stadium track in time. Oh, and you're also playing a total of three to four songs that you memorized. Using air. A lot of air, or your hands—depending on what instrument you play.
And again, your only break is when the show is finished or your band mates will kill you. There is no such thing as being "tired" in marching band. Tiredness is for the weak.
"... in which an individual or team competes against another or others": Hey guys, guess what? Marching band has competitions. Yeah. We travel all around Southern California. We compete in a circuit called SCJA. We compete against other bands that are the same size as us. We get trophies and stuff. You can see them proudly displayed if you ever get a chance to walk into the band room. We actually got 7th place in the state this year at our championships. So yeah, no big deal. It's kind of like getting to go to CIF, right?
Marching band isn't like that episode of Spongebob. Even though that would be super flipping awesome. I seriously want to be in an UNDERWATER MARCHING BAND, but can you imagine the training? That would hurt so bad...
No arguments here, just want to get rid of the "MARCHING BAND IS NOT A SPORT" idea, which is completely false.
And no, Patrick, mayonnaise is not an instrument.
Written by Loralee Sepsey