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Zion Chapel Marching Band faces the heat

Members of Zion Chapel's marching band drink plenty of water while they practice in the sun. Members of Zion Chapel's marching band drink plenty of water while they practice in the sun.

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - High school football players are hitting the practice fields again, but they're not the only students struggling in the heat. Local marching bands are also back at work getting ready for the Fall season.

The students are taking every precaution to make sure their time in the sun is productive, and safe. Students in the Zion Chapel marching band are firm believers in the saying "Practice makes perfect" and are striving for that goal with every step they make, even in the unbearable heat!

"It's been really, really hot," says Erin Wambles, the band director at Zion Chapel. Blair Hendricks, a band member, agrees with that assessment, "We're just out here working our tails off, it's just so hot."

It's so hot some can't stand it, "We have people who have to sit out 15 minutes because they overheat," says Trae Long.

So they try to do the obvious. Drink plenty of water and take plenty of breaks. Wearing hats and sun glasses also minimize direct contact with the sun. Long, a drum major, says "Some people put water in their hats then wear them. It keep the sun out of your eyes...because anytime you have to stand at attention and face the sun it's hard."

Whatever it takes to get through the dog days of summer, practice must go on. So the students grin and bear it and hope mother nature will be merciful.

"We have to cherish any time we have out here and any breeze that comes along," Wambles says.

These practices are especially important for Zion Chapel because the band has been invited to play in the Sugar Bowl.

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