Compared to other "Sports" Many say that marching band isn't physically exerting as other sports, but my marching band practiced more often and earlier in the season than our football team. Practices are long, hot, and physically draining. You leave sweating, tired, hungry, and thirsty. This is consistant with other sports. A single run of the show of 10-15 minutes robs your energy and leaves your arms like jelly. Do you think "anyone can do it"?One thing many don't take into consideration is many college bands have two or sometimes three people for every spot on the field, and require weekly tryouts to determine who will perform friday and who will be "benched". The sheer planning ahead of the lack of talent shows how difficult and competitive this activity is. For those who claim, "it's not a sport, it's and art!", I agree, playing and instrument is an art. But the marching part of the equation is where is transforms from art to sport. I've seen band directors take the instruments from band members until they get the visual aspect correct. I've seen upper class-men practically tearing out their hair when someone misses a step-off for the 100th time that day, and I've seen people learn what hard work really is and discover the awe of contributing to something bigger and greater than yourself. Marching band builds endurance as well as character and mental strength. It's artists becoming athletes and giving their all for something they believe in, while many others cast aside. It meets the standards of a sport. Wake up and believe it.