I am utterly shocked. This is so inconceivable to me that I didn’t even understand the question.
“Why the hell,” I’m thinking, “would anyone ever think that the football players would march with the band? People came to see them play football, not just walk around the field in formation. Besides the fact that they want to rest, and strategize, and whatever the hell else it is players do at halftime.”
Then, I saw the comment about “not enough time to change uniforms”, and I still didn’t get it. “So, not only are they supposedly marching with the band, but they’re putting on band uniforms now? Okay, the OP is clearly from another country, or possibly, planet.”
Because I assumed this was universally true:
Then, the light started to dawn: “Waitaminute - are people implying that… the football players… are in the band?” Apparently so:
What the everloving cheese sandwiches?
Okay, in my high school - SE Michigan - football was king, all other sports were a distant second (with varying degrees of manliness associated), and any other non-sport activities (academic teams, music, art, etc.) were reserved for those who 1) were unathletic enough that they couldn’t get onto any team, and 2) apparently had no shame about 1). If you were on the football team, there was no way in hell you would be caught dead talking to someone in the band, much less actually joining.
Well, and even if someone had decided to commit social suicide, there was also the time-conflict thing. I suspect it was partly a point of pride on the part of the band leader. Band was already enough of an afterthought; I think he didn’t want to make it something you could do without a significant investment of time and effort. He wanted us to take pride in the effort we put in.
And yet half our repertoire was Beach Boys…