Contest Spectator Etiquette

Tips for Marching Band Contests

One of the most important parts of a band show is the audience. There are many types of spectators and they have many different reasons for coming to the show. However, they all have one thing in common and that is that they should be allowed to enjoy the experience. Here are some great etiquette tips:

  • Show respect and support for all bands. Regardless of which band is on the field you should applaud or even cheer when they do a good job. Reaction from the crowd will encourage the band to perform better and will result in a more enjoyable show for everyone.
  •  Salute all of the bands in the show by standing and applauding as they pass in review in front of the grandstands after their performance.
  • No one will be allowed leave or enter the main grandstands during a band’s performance. Do not move around in the stands or make any unnecessary movement while the band is performing.
  • Do not allow children to play in the stands and distract other spectators or the performers. For their safety and as a courtesy to others they should not be allowed to run up and down steps or play in the aisles.
  • Avoid standing in front of people trying to watch the show. If you want to video record or take photos of your bands performance, please move to the video recording zone in front of the main press box. That way those others can still see the bands.
  • While it is fun to visit and talk with family and friends during a contest, it is unfair to distract other spectators from enjoying the show. Be respectful of all other spectators and hopefully they will extend you the same courtesy.
  • Do not talk on your cell phone. Please turn off your cell phone or set it to vibrate. If someone calls you, return the call between bands. Please do not talk on your phone during a performance.
  • Think before you speak. Before you make that comment out loud, remember that color guard uniform you don’t like may have been made by a guardie’s mother that is sitting behind you. Or the man sitting in front of you could be the arranger, drill designer or even the band director. Remember how hard your band members have worked to get their show ready for the field. Chances are that the other bands have worked just as hard to get their show ready.

Hopefully these tips will make your experience more enjoyable as you cheer your favorite band on and support all the performers of this amazing art form.