Beating the heat during band practice

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With a heat advisory in effect for most of the Mid-South and the heat index creeping towards 110° this week, the dangerous temperatures could be record-breaking.

Despite the scorching heat, band camp is taking place at schools all across the area, including in Hernando.

Getting an early start and drinking plenty of water are two precautions band directors are taking to beat the heat.

The students carry their water jugs like they carry their instruments and practice formation drills with them held high.

Lonnie McElyea told FOX13 he has grandkids in high school and knows what precautions the band needs to take.

“Just have plenty of water and Gatorade, like I said, and take breaks. You don’t want anybody to get too hot. As long as the coach can stand it, I guess the kids can stand it,” McElyea said.

According to the Mississippi High School Activities Association, it is recommended that outside band practice be shut down if the heat index reaches 105° or greater.

Bands can only practice outside in the heat for up to three hours, even when the heat index is lower. And all band members have to have a physical.

Dave Patel, a parent from Southaven, said he thought the students should be practicing in the gym.

“I think that they shouldn’t be practicing in this heat. It is too hot outside,” Patel said.

Felicia Wicker, a grandmother with grandkids in the school, said practice should be a certain way.

“Well, we did it. I think they should do it early in the morning and late in the evening. I don’t think they should do it in the heat of the day,” Wicker said.

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