High school band beats the heat

Centerville High School
Centerville High School (WDTN Photo)

CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – Temperatures reached the mid-80s by noon on Tuesday.

It wasn’t ideal weather for marching bands to be practicing in for hours in, but eight bands hit the field at Centerville High School to prepare for Drum Corps.

Tuesday night the Centerville held the 37th edition of Soaring Sounds, where those eight bands from across the country would perform, but it was still one of the hottest days of the summer.

Centerville High School senior, Brenden Buitendorp says at times it can be very uncomfortable standing for hours, drenched in sweat.

“If we’re doing difficult exercises out there, it can be really draining,” said Buitendorp, a drum major.

The school’s band director says members are equipped with jugs of water to stay hydrated and breaks are always an option. He calls his students, athletes. He says sometimes they practice more than football teams.

“We actually do three-a-days. Football players do two-a-days. We hit the field mornings, afternoons and evenings,” said Brandon Barrometti, Centerville Band Director.

For athletes like Buitendorp it’s a passion and drumming through the heat is worth it.

“To hear the crowd cheering after a great performance, you have this huge smile on your face,” said Buitendorp.

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