The Montana High School Association hit a note of discord with marching band fans when it recently set limits on the amount of time bands are allowed to play during high school football games.
The association says it’s had complaints over the years about bands playing during offensive play or in the end zone. Now it won’t allow bands to play during “live ball” play or between plays while the same team maintains possession of the football.We just don’t buy the association’s rationale that marching band music is unduly distracting football players. And we sympathize with band members whose efforts are being silenced by this kind of draconian dictate. Like Flathead High Band Director Allen Slater put it: “What is it next, the crowd gets too loud so they ask the crowd to quit yelling?”