Most of the marching practices will be held outside on the band practice field. And though we try to schedule these rehearsals at times when it will be the coolest, there are unavoidably times when the heat becomes severe. In order to best survive the heat, the following guidelines have been devised:
Tennis shoes and socks should be worn at all marching rehearsals.
Because these practices involve intricate marching maneuvers, no sandals, flip-flops, etc. will be allowed. Likewise, no one will be allowed to march barefoot.
Wear comfortable shorts and light-colored t-shirts.
Lighter colors reflect the sun’s rays and keep you cooler. Lightweight Nike or moisture-wicking athletic shorts help keep you dry and cool. Jeans and pants are a big “no-no.”
Hats, sunglasses, & sunscreen are recommended for all rehearsals.
Practices seem cooler and much faster when you are shielded from the sun. You will see everything from ball caps to sombreros. Also, sunscreen is a must. You will get a tan no matter your SPF. Don’t come to rehearsal without it.
Eat a healthy breakfast and lunch.
Always consume a well-balanced meal consisting of carbs, protein, and enough calories to get you though the morning before coming to rehearsal. Bring a healthy snack and a good lunch to refuel after working. This is not the time to begin a diet. You will get in shape before you know it.
It is a good idea to begin each day well-hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids the day before and within the hour before, during and after rehearsals. You should take in lots of fluids at EVERY break whether you feel thirsty or not. While water will be provided, students are encouraged to bring personal water jugs and sports drinks to all rehearsals.
Remember, your safety is our main concern. No student will be forced to remain in the sun if they become weak, or experience signs of heat exhaustion.
Following these guidelines will help you to have a more enjoyable summer band experience.