c/o: Sarah DeVries
If your child is interested in joining the school marching band, you should approach the opportunity like any other activity or sport. It’s important that your child is well prepared to be in a marching band and able to give the time, commitment and effort that this activity requires. We have helpful tips for parents, band directors and marching band members to keep in mind as they take part in this rewarding yet challenging hobby.
Planning and Preparation
Students should be in good physical health and able to perform. Marching bands require a lot of physical movement, strength and attention. All students should have a written emergency plan in place in the event of an emergency. This emergency plan should be updated regularly so that all information is current.
Take Practices Slow
If you’re ever marched before, you understand how taxing this can be on the body. Students should start in 20 minute increments and gradually increase this over the course of four weeks before the season starts. The practice sessions should be done outdoors to get the students used to marching in various weather conditions. Stretching and cool-downs are also critical elements to safety and success.
Familiarize the Body with High Temperatures
Marching band season starts at the end of the summer, so students will be out in the warm weather. This can be hard on the body, so it’s important for students to start off slow and become used to the heat over the next few weeks. Even though it may be uncomfortable, challenge students to walk in outdoor or non-air conditioned environments so that they become accustomed to the heat.
Wear Comfortable Clothing
With practices in the summer, students will need to dress cool and comfortable. There’s no need to wear the formal attire until you have to; instead, wear light colored shorts and t-shirts for practice sessions. When it comes time for game days, remember that the dark colored clothing can make students hotter and trap the heat in.
Drink Plenty of Water
Like any other sport, it’s important to keep students hydrated. This is important for game days and practice, so keep everyone drinking about 7-10 ounces of water every 10-20 minutes. Water should be provided at all practices and games, and students should be hydrated before, during and after practice to prevent illness or dehydration. Also encourage students to eat healthy foods that refuel the body, such as whole grain cereal bars, fresh fruits and cold-cut veggies.
Blog sponsored by: Catfish Music