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Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 6:15 pm

Bands are playing less at high school football games due to new rules from the Montana High School Association.

And the limits on band performances are a source of unhappiness for local band directors.

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          Welcome to the discussion.


          • MontanaMax67 posted at 10:12 am on Fri, Oct 7, 2011.

            MontanaMax67 Posts: 1

            Just to clear-up the issue. In Kalispell, the bands have recently played only between plays, the same as a college band. The new rule prevents bands from energizing the team and crowd during the 35 seconds between plays. So a uniformed band sits idle for the majority of the game. It has always been my believe that home field advantage includes an energized crowd, loud band, drum cadences, and familiar turf.

          • kandersonmt94 posted at 8:08 pm on Thu, Oct 6, 2011.

            kandersonmt94 Posts: 1

            I am a junior at Flathead and am extremely opposed to these new regulations as well. So much of our band program depends on getting more and more new groups of incoming freshmen each year. Many 8th graders and new freshmen aren't sure whether or not they want to continue band in high school because they didn't have a lot of fun in their middle school band programs. Marching band is one of the main opportunities to show these young students what we are capable of and just how awesome and fun band can be, encouraging them to become part of this amazing experience and building our band program for years and years to come.

            Also, much of the school year is dedicated to concerts and more serious settings for the band. Marching band gives all students the ability to play some awesome, modern music and let loose. It breaks up the sometimes boring routine of the classroom, but strictly regulating the marching band at football games makes our whole year more monotone, hindering our school spirit and motivation for music.

            Marching band provides a positive environment in which students of all grades can become great friends. This happens when the band members are happy and excited for the game, namely, when we play our music with students of all other grades. Limiting the amount of playing to small 30-second snippets ultimately leads the band members to becoming cold, bored, and grouchy, severely hindering the opportunities for freshmen-senior relationships. These relationships are critical for young students who are often unsure of themselves when they first walk through Flathead's or Glacier's doors.

            The benefits of removing these unfair rules from marching bands in Montana would be enormous; more students would be excited to become a part of the band, marching band members would truly enjoy the experience, and lifelong friendships between band members would develop, greatly outweighing any negative effects of marching bands on football games.

          • averagejoe posted at 11:01 am on Thu, Oct 6, 2011.

            averagejoe Posts: 253

            I for one like the new rules. When my son was playing they sometimes could not here the QB because the opposing band was playing when they were on the line trying to get a play off. One time it cost us an offsides penalty at a crucial part of the game because the reciever could not here the cadence. Remember why the band is there in the first place, its a football game. If people want to here the band go to a concert at the school.

          • CCCCCC posted at 10:20 am on Thu, Oct 6, 2011.

            CCCCCC Posts: 25

            To be fair, the article seems to indicate they just don't want bands to play during live play. Every college and pro sporting event I've been to has the same rules. Music plays during timeouts, between plays, etc, but not when someone is shooting a free throw or about to snap the ball. Those are times for the fans to yell, not for the band / music to be playing.

          • austinlowe posted at 8:39 am on Thu, Oct 6, 2011.

            austinlowe Posts: 2

            It was part of the spirit of the game. And that added excitement brings a lot of people in.
            The band practice together for up to 8 years for the whole school year. The football teams practice for a week or so between games for a few months.

            Give the band a chance!

            Its good to know the Montana High School Association still knows how to trip a band geek and laugh it off...........

          • urgedfilly posted at 6:59 am on Thu, Oct 6, 2011.

            urgedfilly Posts: 92

            i'm sure this will prove to be a wildly popular decision...


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