Safety of band members practicing in the heat is important but director says rehearsing outside...

Safety of band members practicing in the heat is important but director says rehearsing outside is crucial

TYLER (KYTX)-While we usually think of football players practicing under the sun, they aren't the only ones braving the heat.

The football players begin practice at 5:30 A.M. but when it's just heating up, they move inside. That's when the Big Blue Band comes out to practice.

The John Tyler High School Big Blue Band practices from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. daily preparing for the start of football season which is just two weeks from today.

"Band is important to me because it not only shows us how to play an instrument but it shows us life skills as well like discipline, determination, motivation- all those," Head Drum Major Dyamond Taylor said.

Dyamond Taylor is the head drum major of the Big Blue Band and he says practicing out in the heat is crucial, especially for younger band members.

"It conditions them and if we practice now it will help them later on so they'll be used to it," Taylor said.

Band director Larry Wade, Jr. says hydration on and off the field is important.

"We try to work hard for about 15 minutes and then take a 5 to 10 minute water break," Wade said. "We try to get them to stay out of the sun, a lot of them are under the bleachers and stuff like that but its very important that they stay hydrated because we sweat a lot."

Robert E. Lee High School band director Bobby Castillo says his band stays inside during the hottest part of the day.

"That's why we get here so early, at 7:10 is when we start, and we end here around 10:30 so we can get out of the major heat of the day," Castillo said.

Taylor says the Big Blue Band is different than other local bands.

"Were a core/swag band and we play show much like we play music on the radio like everything that's popular to us and we also play music for marching and then we get out here and march and we can play in the stands and have fun and that's what everyone likes about us," Taylor said.

John Tyler High School's first home football game is August 29th versus Plano High School and Robert E. Lee's first home game is on August 22nd versus Marshall High School.


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