Marching band is awesome. For those peple that don't know that its because the have never been in it, yall don't know what yall are missing.
I'm not saying it isn't awesome in its own right, just that its kinda not a sport... @506501 (Anonymous):
I'd kinda like to see you multitask like that before you bash it. And relative difficulties aside, it is an activity that takes many hours of physical activity and commitment, not to mention the awesome friends you make. I don't think it's asking too much to think that we deserve letter jackets for the time and effort.
Marching band is gay.
Thanks for expressing your opinion. I'm sure someone out there appreciated it.
I'm actually looking forward to getting my jacket with marching band on the back. It's a lot harder than any sport I've ever played, and I've played soccer, basketball, volleyball, softball, and I was a cheerleader. I'm proud of being in band and I've met a lot of awesome people from it.
I marched as a freshmen, at one of the best Marching Bands in the Country according to BOA. I also played soccer, at a school with a hardly decent program. Marching band never tired me out or made me feel exhausted. Soccer did, it’s just as if not more rigorous than MB, you’re also multitasking, running like hell, thinking at all times, teamwork is way mote important. It’s just as mentally demanding as MB, and far more physically demanding.
In my opinion, marching band is a more intense sport than the games we perform at.
@1097771 (__): In my opinion, marching band is gay and so are you.
Look up the dictionary definition of team and sport. Marching band qualifies.
Team: a group of players forming 1 side in a competitive game or sport.
Sport: An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others.
Whose to say that football, golf, cross country, cheerleading, or soccer are any more of a sport than marching band. Try running from the stadium tunnel to the 50 yard line with a 40 lb tuba. Look at cheerleading, league rules in my state state doesn't define cheerleading as a sport, but it's physically demanding and the cheerleaders competete. Just like marching band. I don't understand why some would consider golf or cross country a sport and not marching band.
If your marching band represents your school at competitions I'd definitely think it is considered a team sport and definately worthy of a varsity letter! The whole point of a varsity jacket is to earn that letter and represent your school well and take pride in what you do.
I agree with most of what you say. However, running with any instrument for 50+ yards doesn't compare to running 6 miles or running repeat 800s or 1000s as a part of a cross country/track workout.
wow, u can just tell that a stuck up jock wrote this one.
It doesn't matter whether it's a sport or not, the whole point of the jacket is for students in special activities to show their pride. At my school, the band students get there jackets about the same time as the the students in athletics and we all put what instrument we play as well as any sports that we're in. One girl I know has art club, volleyball, basketball, AND band patches on hers.
Aren't varsity jackets meant for people on varsity teams? I play an instrument, and yes, it is physically and mentally demanding but I do not consider it a sport. There is a HUGE difference between playing a sport and playing an instrument.
At my school we have a chorus and a show choir and only the 2 year or higher show choir members get letters, so in a way it is varsity chorus.
i saw one for bowling and my school doesnt even have a bowling team or club or anything so idk how they got it.
No, I high five them because choir and marching band are awesome.
Marching band IS a sport, sorry guys. I've played soccer, softball, volleyball, and even football but marching band is the highest demanding activity of them all. It requires more upper body strength and endurance, as well as being able to play an instrument with songs and steps memorized. We spend hours out on the field with heavy instruments, competing against other schools. Like my director says, why does the football team try to get onto the marching band field?
As for the chorus, I somewhat agree that they shouldn't have jackets. If you are a dedicated member of the activity and participate in more than just the class, then yes. But standing in the back if chorus class shouldn't earn you a jacket.
Marching Band - the sport for intelligent people
I have to say, Im a proud member of my school's marching band! :) lol i play the flute.
I play flute too!
Could be worse. Every teenager within a 200 mile radius could be wearing a cheap, badly made one because it's 'cool' to wear 'one of those american-y jackets', like where I live.
I have a jacket and not only do I have marching band, pep band, and normal band patches, I also have academic patches. Just because people don't do sports doesn't mean that we don't deserve something special, too. Besides, we're the ones that are actually going to go on and be successful.
you ignorant fuck, lol just because someone has more athletic ability than you doesn't mean they are "going no where in life". If that is your rationalization for being socially retarded, then you have a serious problem.
Because I'm proud to say I'm in marching band. People don't understand how much work and dedication we actually put into this. It isn't just 1 practice and we can play a 'game'. It's about a whole 9 hour day that we put in to achieve. So next time you say this, think again. Thank you very much.
You don't have to get a Jacket for a sport. Shit, at my school, you can get one in math club.
They are meant for any team, club, or particular program your school offers. So marching band doesn't need to be a sport for you to get a varsity jacket for it. Plus the fact that in marching band you do the work of a runner without being able to breathe at will.
I'm sorry but I disagree. As an FYI I am in high school and was in concert band for a year until there was a scheduling conflict and I could no longer take the class. I believe marching is physically and mentally demanding to an extent. I run cross country, winter, and spring track and you can't tell me that marching is the equivalent to running 6 miles. This being said I believe that marching band does require a lot of dedication. For that reason I believe some marching band members should get varsity letters. My problem is that in my school, as I think also happens in other high schools, is that everyone who participates in marching band can get varsity status very easily since everyone is one band. As a result nearly everyone in the band, including freshmen can achieve varsity letters meanwhile in other sports like cross country and especially in football athletes have to work very hard to reach the varsity level. Therefore I believe that only those that have been a part of the band for 3 years and/or are their section's leader should receive a varsity letter. In my opinion receiving a varsity letter should be special and when if a whole team receives then it is not special.
I definitely agree that marching isn't close to as demanding as running 6 miles so your limit makes sense. My high school only lets you get the jacket after 2 full seasons which is around the time most people make a varsity team.
I'm in chorus at my school and it's awesome, and the kids in marching band are some of the coolest people you'll meet.
(ok get ready)..... (no seriously get ready)....... here we go we go. first of all to all those jocks and athletes out there yes varsity jackets should be EARNED not handed out like hotcakes. but I do hope you realize that there is more than one type of varsity out there. as of right now I am 16 and stand 6'7" and I DONT play football. not because I hate the sport or that im a wussy im just not into that kinda thing, I dont like the physicality and I also dont like how it causes people to think that theyre the shiz just because theyre on varsity. besides the point, you know what im in chior, yeah imagine that your just sittin in chior class and in comes this 270 lb 16 year old that looms like he's 20. also, im on tue varsity chior for getting into multiple high ranking associations FOR SINGING (yeah SINGING (SURPRISE!!!)) I haveEARNED the right to have my highschool's colors and emblems on my jacket and no one (AND I MEAN NO ONE) CAN SAY THAT I didnt spend hours upon hours in the chior room practicing my voice to (highschool standard) perfection! DO YOU WANT PROOF OF THIS WELL WOOPDEY FREAKIN DO HERE IT IS I added up how many hours I practice to how many hours athletes practice and here is the tally FOOTBALL: 124.3 hours (games included) CHIOR/BAND: 312 hours!! so technically you don't even have a third of the frekin practice time we "nerds" and "geeks" have. so we earned ours WHAT ABOUT YOU?!?!?
Oh really, please explain.
It's not a sport.
Great point you have there, how about some detail.
Sorry, but you're wrong.
actually, marching band is considered a sport to some people. who says you can't get a jacket for something that isn't a sport..?
Angele, you know nothing about running? There's no way you could do the work of a runner and blow into an instrument.
This question can go either way. I truly think that some people in marching band totally deserve a varsity jacket... key word: some. Not everybody in marching band should get one, just like not every football player gets one. Varsity athletes do and the elite quality of the varsity jacket would be taken away if you gave it to anybody. Section leaders should be the only ones getting varsity jackets.
Choir is actually very fun and all the people involved are really cool. They totally deserve to wear a varsity jacket to represent that!
Meh . Marching band counts for a gym credit at my school, so I consider a physical activity, just not a sport.
Wow, you are lucky. At my school, if we are in marching, then we still have to do PE, but every morning.
Those jackets are for attention whores
Varsity jackets are for sports. One girl has swimming and madrigals(a singing group) on the back of hers. I understand that swimming is difficult, but everyone at my school who swims gets a letter. The jacket is supposed to be something special.
(Since color guard is a part of marching band) I don't find the band part of marching band a sport, but I consider color guard a sport.