Does Marching Band Need Pre-season Physicals?

Due to the extreme nature of the combination of heat, movement, and uniforms that often trap heat and sweat inside them, this Texas school district is strongly considering implementing a pre-season physical program that sets a physical bar for students who desire to participate.


The Nederland band marches into Bulldog Stadium for Friday’s game against Port Neches-Groves. The Nederland Bulldogs hosted the Port Neches-Groves Indians for the first annual Bum Phillips Bowl on Friday night. Both teams were 3-0 in district play. Photo taken Friday 10/17/14 Jake Daniels/@JakeD_in_SETX

Does this give more legitimacy to the “marching band is a sport” argument?


Central High School’s marching band drum line , including Kobe Grimes, 17, (left) and Jaccari Jones, 16, perform while keeping the beat during practice in the band room Wednesday. The group’s spirited performances alongside the dance team have earned them “Band of the Week” honors in past seasons, a title which they hope to reclaim again this year. Photo taken Wednesday, August 19, 2015 Kim Brent/The Enterprise

Or is this just school bureaucracy run amuck?

School Superintendent, John Vakstro chimed in with his thoughts:

“We are strongly considering it for next year,” Valastro said. “We’re in the talking phase. It’s a good idea, especially with all the different health issues that are popping up.”

Also under review are physicals for dance team members and cheerleaders, two other physically demanding extracurricular activities for which UIL does not require the exams, Valastro said.

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Featured photo: Port Neches-Groves’ band keeps the spirit alive in the stands during Friday night’s home game in the District 22-5A opener. Photo taken Friday, September 26, 2014 Kim Brent/@kimbpix

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