When students talk about sports, what comes to your mind? Football, basketball, volleyball, and tennis come to most minds. Does anyone ever think of marching band? Unfortunately, most students do not consider marching band a sport. Some students say marching band is not a sport because it, “Does not take talent to walk around with an object. Marching band isn’t even on the C.H.S. sports website.” Do they really know what being in the marching band entitles though? First of all, like any other sport, our Marching Warriors practice almost everyday of the week. Students both involved and not agree that the band practices almost too much. “They practice more than the football team,” a C.H.S. students said.
The marching band actually begins rehearsing over summer vacation, they call this “band camp”. During band camp about 100 students learn the basics of marching and sometimes learn the opening of their show. On Red Days, there is a Marching Band class. The warriors practice from 1:30 to 4:30 in the heat of the day. On White Days, they still practice from 2:50 to 4:30 still in the blazing hot sun. They also rehearse on some Saturdays from 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 in the afternoon. Sometimes they even rehearse until 5:00 in the evening, when they aren’t marching in parades of course. The band, color guard, and percussion are also required to stay after practice on specific days to work on their music with volunteers, Mr. and Mrs. Swanson.
The band conditions like any other sport as well. If you make Mr. Ford, the band director, mad he will make you run a few laps. Students involved agree that marching band is very stressful overall. “It takes a lot of independence. You have to make sure you are correct or everyone else is messed up,” a student actually not involved in marching band responded. Marching band does require a lot of independent work, but the band must also work together as a team. The band encourages each other on during hot rehearsals when it feels like no one can go on. Students sometimes quit the marching band because, “It was too hard.” Students are injured during the season as well. These students start to believe that they can’t make it through the season. This does not stop the band. The show must go on. It takes a lot of effort and time to succeed in the marching band. The C.H.S. Marching Warriors also compete every year against neighboring marching bands. They compete against Montrose, Fruita, Grand Junction, and even bands near Denver. Last year, the band made it to the State competition in Colorado Springs at the Air Force Academy Stadium. They played in the quarter finals and placed 14th with their show “Electronica”.
This year, the C.H.S. Marching Warriors’ show is entitled, “New World.” Next time you are with your friends talking about sports, why not bring up the marching band? Remember, the definition of a “sport” is “an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment”.