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Marching band is a sport

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Started: 11/7/2019 Category: Sports
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Debating Period
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Marching band should be considered a sport.


The definition of a sport according to google is. . .
"an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment. "
By this definition you could make the argument that yes it is a sport. You clearly have to exercise, Walking up and down the field or street or wherever you are and carrying sometimes heavy instruments. There are also marching band retreats where you compete. So, Why do I think no? That is due to the definition of preforming arts.
"forms of creative activity that are performed in front of an audience, Such as drama, Music, And dance"
Marching band also clearly falls into this category as (at least in my experience) they mostly participate in halftime shows for football games and parades which are non-competitive forms of entertainment. Since that is what they do most of the time they should be categorized as a preforming art instead of a sport. Also in your next response could you please clarify if we are talking specifically about in schools or more of an in general, Because I feel like if it"s focused at school that opens another layer of conversation.
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I am talking about in general for marching band, Not just schools.

I understand that yes, Marching band may fall under the category of the performing arts, Which would then make it a physical fine art. But, While doing my research I had found that competitive marching band is indeed a sport in the list of every single sport. But think of DCI (Drum Corps International), They practice for 12 hour days, And I'm almost positive that it gets tiring. I also believe that if cheer and dance get to be classified as a sport, Marching band should also be classified as a sport.

One thing that I have also found in common with sports is that you need a physical. I don't believe you need a physical to do a play, But I may be wrong. But you most definitely need a sports physical to do marching band. I should know because that is how it was for me. In order to do any sport at school, You need a sports physical. So why would they make you get a sports physical for band if it isn't considered a sport?


I don"t have much to say. I think you have made your point very well and you have changed my mind. It is a sport, But I am going to still hold it to the same rules as I do dance (since it may be relevant to the conversation I would like to share that I am a dancer). Those rules are that as long as you are competing it is a sport. The dance I do is non-competitive and therefore not a sport. So if you are competing with your marching band it is a sport if not it is only a performing art, No longer a combination.
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