Despite the heat, Sherman HS band marches on

By: Victoria Maranan Email
By: Victoria Maranan Email

SHERMAN, TX - Temperatures have been in the triple-digits for over a month here in Texoma, and the Sherman High School Bearcat Band has been practicing out in the sun for the past two weeks. Victoria Maranan tells us how they try to keep their cool.

Trumpets blared at Sherman High School Friday morning as the Bearcat marching band practiced under the scorching sun. Band director Ryan Jenkins says they started rehearsing on schedule despite the 100-degree heat.

"Unfortunately, calendar dates don't change for us. Football season starts just like any other. You know you have to roll with the punches. I don't know if it's ever been this hot but I think the kids will agree that 105 to 110 kind of feels the same after awhile," band director Ryan Jenkins says.

High school senior and head drum major Keven Syler has been in band since she was a freshman. She says it's never been this hot during band camp.

"It's very, very hot, but it's not so bad because our band moms bring us popsicles, they bring us coolers with ice water in it and stuff like that. We dip t-shirts in it and put it around our necks, so it's really nice. They give us lost of water breaks but we kind of just work through it," Syler says.

From their respective platforms, both Syler and Jenkins not only direct the band, but also watch for heat exhaustion.

"We monitor their faces. More often than not, you can tell that a child's in stress because of how they look. They tend to develop a glassy look in their eyes, and that's the time to get them inside and cool off as fast as possible," Jenkins says.

"Yeah, that happens occasionally. That usually happens in the first few days. People, when we stand at attention, in our marching blocks, they tend to lock their knees and then they're a little woozy so we have to take them over to the side and make them drink water."

Practicing outside for a couple of hours in 100-degree heat can quickly dehydrate the body. That's why Jenkins gives students more water breaks.

"When we have a rehearsal of this length, we have to make sure that we give them very consistent breaks. They have to be within 15 minutes of each other or their bodies will start to overheat," Jenkins says.


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  • by Anonymous Location: Sherman Band Pad on Aug 11, 2011 at 06:14 PM
    This is NOT just music for some football games. This is a sport, and it's something we are very proud of. Sure it's hot, but i can promise you there's not a single person out there who has had second thoughts on whether or not it's worth it. This experience is teaching us how to excel in life, teaching us how to be self disciplined, and showing us what it takes to earn what we want. I personally love what we are doing, because i'm able to come home every night with a sense of accomplishment knowing that what we are doing is NOT easy. I love band, I love SHS, and I would not trade either for the world.
  • by John Connor Location: Denison on Aug 10, 2011 at 06:52 PM
    First off, thise kids deserve a lot of credit for showing dedication even in this extreme heat we're having. Both the Denison and Sherman marching bands are proud of what they do, and it's not just for the football games. They go to competitions and not only that, they love what they do and take pride in it. One day when Skynet takes over, we'll all look back on the good times the Denison and Sherman marching bands have brought us.
  • by Band Fan Location: Denison on Aug 10, 2011 at 09:38 AM
    Not to rain on Sherman’s parade but Denison High Schools Touch Of Gold band is out in the heat marching everyday too!
  • by Scarlett Location: Sherman on Aug 9, 2011 at 07:28 PM
    This music is NOT just for football games. We also go to competitions.
  • by Former band-kid Location: Sherman on Aug 9, 2011 at 04:39 PM
    Well, for one, it isn't just for music at a football game, this is their sport. With competitions every week and a chance to go to San Antonio in the fall, it's a very serious ordeal. And it's an event that Sherman traditionally excels at, with a better winning streak than the football team they cheer on. On a side note, do these stories not ever get proof read? Stand at a tension, yea... (And that's just the most obvious one of the several)
  • by michaela Location: sherman on Aug 9, 2011 at 03:03 PM
    Its Hot Outside... And Hard To March :P Haha im In The Back! But Were Just That Good!
  • by Band Member Mom Location: Sherman on Aug 9, 2011 at 02:26 PM
    I think these kids are doing a remarkable job with their band performance, given the heat that we have seen. GO BEARCATS!
  • by Julie Location: Sherman on Aug 9, 2011 at 12:56 PM
    This is a group of amazing, hard working kids and we're so proud of them! GO BAND!!
  • by Lee Location: Sherman on Aug 9, 2011 at 12:42 PM
    Simply stupid, all for music at a football game! As if the spotters can see kids eyes "looking glassy" from the high stands. By the time kids are showing signs of a heat stroke, damamge is already being done.
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      by Someones Mom on Aug 9, 2011 at 06:58 PM in reply to Lee
      Lee, you must have had a crappy high school experience. Good thing the rest of the community doesnt' hold your views. And this band does more than perform at football games...they go to many, many competitions, which they normally do very well at. So, if you can't say something nice, don't say anything. Or better yet, why don't you take these kids a few cases of really cold water tomorrow!
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      by Keith (Band Dad) on Aug 10, 2011 at 01:24 AM in reply to Lee
      It's not just music for a football game or even many games, it is so much deeper than that. These great kids are learning how to work together to accomplish something. Furthermore, the directors and drum majors are walking through the lines of kids on the band pad constantly interacting with them personally and keeping a close eye on them. These directors have a very positive influence on these young adults. I am thrilled that my child has had a chance to be a part of this group.
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      by Sherman Mom on Aug 10, 2011 at 04:45 AM in reply to Lee
      Lee, the routines these students are learning are also used for competitions - and the SHS Band usually does extremely well at competitions! Also, there are "spotters" on the field level, who watch for signs of heat problems, and as the story mentioned, they take FREQUENT water breaks.....
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      by John on Aug 10, 2011 at 07:07 AM in reply to Lee
      I marched for 8 yrs (HS and college) and that is simply one line of denfese. They have parents, directors and offices that are in the block that are charged to keep an eye out. Also, it's not just for music at a football game. They compete for regional, area and state titles.
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      by Julie on Aug 10, 2011 at 07:28 AM in reply to Lee
      Lee, bless you for your concern for our kids. The "spotters" as you refer to them are the directors and they are side by side with the kids, not in high stands. And its not just for music at a football game, there is so much more to it for that. These kids are dedicated to what they're doing. No one is forcing them to be there and many of these kids go to college with music scholarships and pursue careers in music. Again, we appreciate your concern but our kids are in good hands so there's no need to worry or post any more comments that will dampen their spirits.
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      by Lee on Aug 10, 2011 at 02:18 PM in reply to Lee
      I do have a child in college on a music major. I am also in the Medical field. All it would take is for one child to have damage, or die from a heat stroke and none of the awards or titles would matter. Then, EVERYONE would question why they were out there in the heat. Then the fingers would start pointing.
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