Should Marching Band Be Considered A Sport?


RHS Marching Ensemble Photo Credit: KMTR

Levi Shumway, Section Editor

Ok, here’s the billion dollar question. Should marching band be considered a sport? This question has been asked many times by members of marching bands and other lovers of Marching Band. At the same time, many over sports players disagree. This argument seems to be split down the middle.
So, to decide this, let’s start at the beginning. What is a sport? The dictionary defines a sport as “an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature.” According to this definition, marching band should technically be considered a sport. In marching band, you must march in intricate patterns in proper time WHILE playing the music you have, usually very complex in nature. This should make marching band a sport.
However, not all people feel this way. said, “There is not a football game during an intermission in a band competition. While band may not be easy, make no mistake, it is an art, not a sport. While band, specifically marching band, may require a small amount of physical fitness and coordination, there is no way that it can be considered a sport.”
I personally think that marching band SHOULD be considered a sport. In this case, my counter argument is this; if chess is considered a sport, then marching band should totally be a sport. In chess, you have no physically trying requirements, and while it may be mentally challenging, SO IS MARCHING AND PLAYING MUSIC.
So, I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether or not marching band should be considered a sport. However, the correct answer is yes.