Band camp braves the intense heat

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LOWER ALLEN TOWNSHIP, CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Pa.-- It goes without saying, Friday was hot. It was a day to be inside and spend as little time outside as possible.

For the West Shore Marching Band, as well as several other bands and athletes across the area, that wasn't an option.

"We're doing 12 hours a day," junio McKenna Buehler said. "It's night in the morning till nine at night."

Friday was the fifth day of camp for the students.

"We're driven by excellence, which is a really fun culture to be part of," band director Robert Starrett said.

The student worked on their technique and drill to put on the best show possible.

"When the heat comes, we just have to be smart about it," Starrett said. "We strive to accomplish as much as possible but we simply just have to be smart."

They took several water breaks to make sure everyone stayed hydrated.

"This is not something to mess with," Starrett said.

With it being the fifth day, it was starting to take its toll physically.

"By the end of the day, my feet are really hurting and I just want to sleep," sophomore Lacey Gold said.

"Everyone's been a little bit more lethargic," Buehler said. "I think but it's also pushed us to be stronger."

Mother Nature may not be making it easy, but students are staying positive.

"Even like when we're really tired and exhausted it's still really fun," Gold said.

Nurses were present to make sure everyone was okay. In the afternoon the students were inside and out of the heat.

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