Talk:Marching band

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'A question of sport'[edit]

There has been a long term editing issue re if the topic can be classified as a 'sport'. There have not, so far, been any refs provided to justify such changes. Comments please. RashersTierney (talk) 23:12, 1 September 2012 (UTC)

As far as I know, it's not widely accepted as a sport. So, without some reliable, third-party sources, I don't think the claim should stand. →Wordbuilder (talk) 02:45, 2 September 2012 (UTC)
There are a number of medical articles out there, several of which are cited in the article here, that equate the competitive activity with a NCAA division 1 sport. The definition of sport that I've found is "an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature." It certainly seems to fit this definition. City boy77 (talk) 18:56, 2 September 2012 (UTC)
If any reliable sources deal with this topic as a sport they can of coarse be cited, but we can't have original research. RashersTierney (talk) 23:11, 2 September 2012 (UTC)
I have to agree with City boy77, and as a former high school student and member of a marching band I can assure you that this activity is definitely a physical and mental sport requiring months and years of discipline and training to perfect VigilantLocutor (talk) 09:55, 25 August 2013 (UTC)
One anecdote is not reliable sourcing. I played in a high school marching band for four years, and if you had suggested to my peers at the time that it was a sport, they would have laughed you out of the room, or worse. It may be a physically and mentally demanding, even competitive, activity, but not all such activities may be credibly called sports. __ Just plain Bill (talk) 15:53, 25 August 2013 (UTC)

Article split[edit]

American college marching bands really need their own article rather than allowing the subject to dominate this one. They have little in common with bands found in the rest of the world and evolved from the unique history and educational system of the US. --Ef80 (talk) 13:25, 20 September 2013 (UTC)

  • Please provide an example for such a difference. You may be right, but I have no idea what you're talking about (a common theme in my life).--Paul McDonald (talk) 13:47, 20 September 2013 (UTC)
What exactly are you asking for? Where else in the world does this phenomenon exist on any scale? There are military marching bands in the US as in the rest of the world, but the bands you find in football stadia are unique to the US. Creating a dedicated article would also create a less confused and US centric article on marching bands generally. I'm surprised you find it difficult to understand this point. --Ef80 (talk) 12:31, 3 October 2013 (UTC)

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I found where the page moved on that website (thanks to it being listed at USBands) and updated the link. DMacks (talk) 03:20, 28 August 2015 (UTC)