Heat No Match For Marching Teens

Local high school band battles the heat during summer practice

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    NEWSLETTERS

    JOAQUIN R. FELIX
    High School Marching Bands

    As Paschal High School's marching ban prepares for this fall's football season, they're already facing a mean opponent, the heat.

    "I haven't been outside much this summer. So, it's just really hot," said drum major Amy Farnell.

    Practice for the band began Monday, and every afternoon since the temperatures have gone into the triple digits. Because of that, the band separates their practice into two segments; marching practice outside from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., and instrumental practice inside in the afternoon.

    Paschal band director Bryan Wright said the outdoor practice is crucial for their on field formations.

    Marching in the Heat

    [DFW] Marching in the Heat
    Paschal High School's band holds three-hour practices outdoors in the triple-digit heat, instructors say that means they have to take extra precautions to keep kids safe.

    "We're essentially doing two-a-days and we're trying to spend as much time as possible outside," Wright said.

    While the students are outside doing their marching drills, it's the director's job to not only train them but keep them safe. Fort Worth administrator Dr. Michael Ryan said his band directors are doing a great job so far

    "They take water breaks every 20 minutes. They watch the kids constantly, even when they're out on the field right after a water break, to make sure they're OK. The students all know they can fall out anytime they need to," Ryan said.

    He said those rules apply to every high school band in the district.