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Being in marching band may be harder than you think

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The White Oak High School Marching Band will spend their Fourth of July performing in the Independence Day parade in Washington D.C.

"We're all excited to go. It's going to be an awesome trip," said Aimee Rodriguez, a junior at White Oak High School and a member of the marching band.

The band ordered new uniforms for the march, which were unveiled for the first time Friday in order to be fitted.

These uniforms are meant to look nice but there is more too them than meets the eye.
"They're really constrictive, hard to breathe in, hard to move in and it just takes a long time to get used to those things," said Jason Steele, the Director of the White Oak Marching Band.

Now imagine marching for miles and playing an instrument on key, all in the summer heat.

"We have to start with a lot of conditioning for this, especially with the heat in the summer. It's far harder to do what these kids do than a lot of people realize," said Steele. 

Steele stressed that the kids have to stay hydrated and eat a proper meal before practices and performances.

Steele also mentioned that being in the marching band requires a lot of muscle endurance to be able to hold the instruments for an extended period of time.

The band members must do all these things while wearing the thick uniforms, even in the summer heat.

With that being said, they are still excited for the trip and hope it will be in cooler temperatures.

"We've looked at the weather, it's supposed to be cooler than here, especially the last couple days but we've got to be ready for anything," said Steele.

The band is leaving for Washington D.C. on Monday and will perform in front of our nations capital on Thursday.

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