...that everyone is missing the point here. American culture elevated football to a godlike status (for god knows what reason) and band just naturally followed the big, loud, dumb bandwagon as part of cultural evolution.
I personally enjoyed being a part of the big, loud, dumb bandwagon in school, but I absolutely detest teaching it and I hate football more than most things in this world.
You can thank sports culture for shoving both football and marching band down our throats.
"So you're saying football is the only thing that's saving marching band?"
No, football gives us the opportunity to showcase marching band to the community. A parade is good but not done weekly in the Fall.
"So how valuable is marching band on its own?"
Marching band is viewed as a PE replacement with group and music benefits too numerous to type.
"If marching band exists to serve football, how exactly does that benefit our students?"
Marching Band doesn't exist to serve football. It supports football. The benefits to our students are physical, musical, and social.
"Marching band pays what bills?"
Marching Band is seen by the community (where our Admin/School Board comes from) that supports it. This support (budget, fundraising, etc..) is used by the band program.
"So where does that exorbitant fee the kids pay come in play?"
Cleaning uniforms, instrument repair, shirt, some travel/competitions not UIL etc..)
"If football went away, MUSIC EDUCATION would disappear from schools? Is this really what you believe?"
No, music education would not go away.
So you're saying football is the only thing that's saving marching band? So how valuable is marching band on its own? If marching band exists to serve football, how exactly does that benefit our students?
Marching band pays what bills? So where does that exorbitant fee the kids pay come in play?
If football went away, MUSIC EDUCATION would disappear from schools? Is this really what you believe? If that's the case, we as a profession are doing something incredibly wrong.
Music should stand on its own merit and value. If we need football to justify, we aren't doing our jobs.
Marching Band pays the bills for everything else band related. As for choir, I have heard the National Anthem done by HS Choirs at football games. As for orchestra, the Full Orchestra does have brass/woodwinds. Those instruments greatly depend on a budget which is dependent on Football, here in Texas. If football went away, the band would soon follow. Orchestra would fall some time later and there is always choir at Church.
Why is it necessary to participate in marching band if you desire a music education experience?
Choir/orchestra doesn't have to do that... Why should the band kids be forced to spend their time AND money on an activity they have little interest in.