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NSU Band Battling The Summer Sun

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NATCHITOCHES, La. (KALB News Channel 5) More than 300 members from the Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band are back on campus this week. 

"It is a real intense week, the days are about 13 hours long, we start before the sun comes up and when finish when the sun goes down in the evening," said Jeff Mathews.  

Medical experts say this time of the year can be dangerous for those who have to practice outside in the heat of summer.

"The bands and all of those things there are a lot more people out in the heat. It is so much hotter this time of the year, you can get from anywhere from a little bit of heat exhaustion, to dehydration, all the way to heat stroke," Shawn Moreau.

Northwestern State marching band leaders are working on some creative scheduling to avoid the heat of the day.

"Working the schedule so we are outside early in the morning 7 am and inside during the heat of the day, then back outside about 6:30 in the evening," said Jeff Mathews.  

NSU band members say the indoor practice gives them a nice break from the summer sun.

"The AC has been running all morning so it is almost like climate change culture shock. It feels really really nice when you first walk inside. It is easier to focus because you do not have sweat running down our faces and we have a nice breeze running down from the AC," Stephen Bynum. 

Northwestern State's Band Director says keeping everyone safe is a top concern.

"From the health stand point, we always want to make sure our kids our safe, and we take care of them when their parents drop us off to us. So it is our job t take care of them while they are here. They are out there in the sun for hours and so they need to hydrate and we make sure we need to do that every year," said Jeff Mathews.

Northwestern's summer band practices are set to end on August 25th.

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