100-degree weather not stopping high school band practice

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Friday night high school football is only two weeks away, but players aren’t the only ones facing the heat to get ready.  Local high school band members are also practicing outside for hours at a time. While they might not be wearing pads and helmets like the football players, many local bands are marching on the blacktop pavement — making it even hotter.

In a parking lot behind Lanier High School, the high school’s marching band assembles each morning at 7:30 a.m. and marches until 11 a.m.

“Like be able to step in time, look the same, sound the same, do all these different things,” said Lanier High School Band Director Nick Farrell, speaking about what goes into practicing.

And as the morning goes on.

“Heatwise, it’s pretty intense,” said Carla Pantoja, Lanier High School senior.

This is Pantoja’s fourth year helping lead the band, letting the director know when a break is needed.

“We have a break at least every 20- to 25 minutes for water, and the students go under the shade relax sit down,” said Farrell.

After a 10-minute break, it’s back to it.

“It’s even hotter on the black pavement; it would be better if we had a field,” said Farrell.

And they ask the students to wear light-colored clothes after some showed up in pants the first day of practice. Lanier High School kicks off football season Friday, Aug. 29, against Eastside Memorial.

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