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Marching Band Is A Sport Essay Ideas

Soccer was, and still is, my escape. It pushes you beyond you think it possible, takes skill and strategy that is earned and not given and creates countless, special friendships. If you played soccer in high school, you are guaranteed to relate and enjoy these nineteen facts.

1. Pre-Wrap was life.

Your bathroom cabinet was essentially a showcase for the absurd amount of pre-wrap you owned in almost every color. And yes, this was necessary because no matter how much you loved pre-wrap, it would always break at the most inconvenient times.

2. Them calves though

There is nothing like those soccer calves beautifully sculpted from the countless hours of practice (that will also take about three years of inactivity to fade away).

3. Bruises. Were. Everywhere.

Not only were your legs covered with an array of colorful bruises, you also somehow end up with marks all over your body. Like how did I get a bruise on my shoulder blade…?

4. Scarred for life

In addition to bruises, your knees and shins are permanently scarred from the numerous slide tackles (that seemed like a great idea at the time) and the worse of all, the turf burns.

5. The tan lines are real.

There is nothing like having one-third of your body tan AF while the other two-thirds look like it hasn’t seen the daylight in over a year. Your non-soccer friends always had an enjoyable time making fun of you at the beach.

6. Junk in your trunk.

No matter if it was off season or not, the trunk of your car always had an extra pair of cleats, shorts, soccer socks, a cutoff and of course, two or three balls. You never knew when you’ll need full gear for a random pickup game.

7. The smells weren’t all roses and sunshine

Let’s just say that no matter how much perfume, air fresheners and frequent washes, your car, soccer bag, shin guards, cleats and let’s be real, you too, always had a distinct aroma that only soccer could produce.

8. Huge water jug

One third was for drinking, one third was to pour on yourself and one third was reserved for those random water fights at the end of practice.

9. The feeling when you hear your warmup music.

Dusk is approaching, the sun is fading, and you hear your warmup music break through the silence- that is what gives you the hype. Regardless of how many years have passed since high school soccer, those songs will always be a nostalgic reminder of the nights under the lights.

10. Unwarranted hate

Every team has their rivals, either for stealing the championship title the year before, breaking your teammate’s arm during a previous game or simply being the town over, the mutual dislike of another team is sometimes all the motivation you need to kick some ass.

11. Spaghetti dinners were the BOMB.

Forever thankful for the parents who fed twenty sweaty and hungry girls. Whoever claimed that boys can eat more than girls has obviously not seen a girls soccer team at a spaghetti dinner… But like, where’s the garlic bread?

12. Bus rides - aka the best team bonding

First, everyone would find their predetermined bus buddy - often arguing who would get the outside of the seat. Second, you would settle in for an unpredictable road trip with your best friends often filled with truth or dare, karaoke, or dance parties.

13. It is MUCH more than just a number.

Your jersey number becomes apart of who you are. Yes, it may just be the screened print of the back of your shirt, but for you personally, it is your soccer identity.

14. The embarrassing nutmeg.

That epic feeling of nutmegging another player followed by the hoots of burns and approval from your bench! But also, that complete embarrassment but also respect when the other team nutmegs you…

15. Soccer t-Shirt for days

“This is where I hang my soccer t-shirt, and if you look over here this is wear I put my folded soccer t-shirts Oh! And that pile of clothes in the corner are also my soccer t-shirts.”

16. Not being able to refrain from kicking the ball in other sports

You may see a basketball, volleyball and even a football, but all a soccer player sees is a round(ish) object that they can juggle.

17. Dress-up days

On games days, we wear dresses (or sweats, if it’s an away game). We really just wanted to prove that yes, we can look delicate in our skirts, but we can also strategically take out a girl without the ref calling it while mud streaks our white jerseys.

18. That special bond.

No matter what your relationship is outside of soccer, when you are on the field your teammates became your family. One that you never let another team push around without slyly and aggressively shoving them the play afterward.

Besides, most of the time your teammates, regardless of your ages, will become your best friends.

19. Game days are the best days.

No matter how long you have played soccer, the game day jitters never disappear. It is the drive to the game with your personal pump up songs blaring through the speakers, tying on your favorite cleats that are held together with duct tape and faith, hearing your name echo through the stadium during lineup, the dew that gradually descends on the field, the background cheers from the fans, and complete sense of being free playing the sport that you love.

When the topic of marching band is brought up, many students assume how “easy” it is to go out on a field and play several songs that have to be memorized to near perfection. If marching band is not considered a sport, then ask yourself this: can you march 12 plus miles, while staying aligned with your rank and file (rows and columns)? Can you make sure your marching is coordinated with everyone else’s in the band? Can you maintain your sharp visuals, or play an instrument that could possibly weigh up to 40 pounds while marching? According to the Oxford Dictionary, a sport is defined as “an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.”

“Well if band does competitions, then it is a sport,” said senior Henry Rositas.

“Since chess does competitions, then chess is a sport, too right?” senior Alex Morales added as he overheard Rositas’ answer.

But the question still remains, is marching band a sport?

It is widely assumed that marching band is just a performing art; many do not see the countless hours of hard work band members do everyday. Recently, LAUSD hosted its 43rd All City District Honor Band (All City), in which over 300 students dedicated not only their Saturdays in October, but also their winter vacation in December and January. The participants practice endlessly just to perform at the Disneyland Magic Music Days Parade, Bandfest, the 127th Tournament of Roses Parade and the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. After having sheet music for as little as five weeks with songs packed to the page, the band members were required to have the six songs memorized.

“It may sound easy to memorize the music but when we received the sheet music, the directors expected us to know how to sight-read (reading and performing without preparation) and play the songs” commented Aldo Sierra, a drum major.

Along with the music memorization, these students condition themselves to march at high step (which is marching with your feet high at a 90-degree angle while having your feet pointed down) uphill, downhill and along jagged streets. Having six band members in the entire school of Marquez to try out for All City but then having only MaryJane Navarro (HPIAM), Aldo Sierra (HPIAM), Salvador Cortes (HPIAM) and Gabrielle Martinez (LIBRA) actually fulfilling and committing to all of the rigorous work.

Sierra, who participated in All City for two consecutive years felt that “many people wouldn’t have considered marching band a sport; but I would feel that they would understand that marching band isn’t just standing still and playing music. It’s more than that. We [participants in All City] have to march in uniforms that weigh 20 pounds for miles at a time.”

Marching with about 60 pounds would cause someone to build stamina and endurance to overcome fatigue. Kind of sounds like all sports, doesn’t it?

With Libra Academy consisting of predominantly student-athletes, the answer to whether marching band is a sport was quite surprising. Omar Juarez, a varsity football player, expressed why he believes marching band is a sport.

“Don’t you carry that thing [referring to the sousaphone weighing on average 40 pounds] on your shoulder? I know I wouldn’t be able to do that for so long, so yes marching band is a sport,” he said.

When conducting my interviews, hearing that a football player agreed that marching band was a sport was shocking primarily because football is viewed as one of the dominant sports in general. When asking Erick Vaquero what his thoughts were on seeing marching band as a sport, he commented that “it simply wasn’t a sport.” When I had asked why he didn’t see marching band as a sport he had no comment.

A former high school basketball player had stated “marching band is a sport because of the synchronization that is used during each halftime performance when the members are marching.”

Marching band is presumed to be just walking, standing still and playing music, but parents even realize that marching band is so much more. Parent Jaime DiJohn explained how she at first did not consider marching band a sport, but having her daughter participate in All City, made her realize all the behind-the-scene work that is put into each performance. Another parent, Efren Lopez, also stated how “band requires endurance to march, play and hold up the instruments while sometimes even dancing.”

In most sports, all that is required is to run and look for an opening to score, but how would marching band score if it’s a sport? Well marching band plays at least a five-minute competitive song while performing a field show. A competitive song has various rhythms that are typically harder and longer than songs played at football games. Depending on the size of the marching band, it is then split up into different categories which is similar as to how sport teams are split into divisions. Once each band has performed, judges nitpick every detail about the band. Was the entire band in uniform? Were they all in sync with each other? Were there any notes that were played wrong? If there is one mistake, there goes the marching band’s score.

One of the biggest misconceptions about marching band is that they do not do as much as other sports. Many say that marching band “just plays music”, “they don’t do anything”, “they just walk” etc. But understand the same amount of time and energy that goes into soccer or football or basketball goes into band as well. Are activities only considered sports if they are vigorous as football, actively running as soccer or as engaging like basketball? In reality, the answer is no. Band may not be as vigorous as football or action packed as soccer but it does require a lot of physical and mental fitness. Unlike most sports, band isn’t able to take a pause in the middle of their performance. All of those long hours of practice are then showcased to the crowd; if a member messes up the band director cannot call a time-out and recuperate. Take in consideration all of the work that isn’t typically seen when you assume band isn’t a sport.

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