The same can be said for band depending on area and classification. Without opening another can of worms, I'll just leave it at the fact that all areas are not created equal.
I think it's somewhat safe to say that it may be an easier (or more attainable?) path to state in individual activities where that kid is the sole determiner in how hard they are going to work, their talent level, resources, etc. In the world of team sports and group activities there can be a lot of variables that have to align to get there. That said, I think in the band world that may be, not necessarily more difficult, but definitely more of a wild card, given that many of the variables we need to align are beyond our control/opinion based. In team sports you need a year where everything comes together in terms of talent and execution on game days, but at no point does someone's opinion really come into play. You either outscore the other teams or you don't.