This is my humble opinion on the negative attitudes towards Marching Band and Drum Corps in the world of music education. Much of this is based off of my personal experiences and research as a general music student and as Music Education Major. Most of what is written is opinion-based, and I accept that there are just reasons and opinions outside my own that deserve equal respect.
wonderful opinion on this!!
Pretty good thoughts in here.
I’m not a fan of programs that are centrally structured around the marching band—as in, the marching band is the centerpiece, and everything else is an offshoot from it. Music is so much more than a competition or a prize/rating.
But there’s no reason to hate on marching band either. Like the OP said, there’s a ton of lessons it teaches and values it imparts that are just as important. And it is music. There’s no reason a marching band can’t be musical as well as visual. Just like there’s no reason a concert ensemble can’t inspire the same motivation and self-discipline that marching band often brings, if done right.
Long story short: I think they’re both important parts of any band/music program.