LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The heat and humidity didn’t stop the UW-La Crosse Screaming Eagles Marching Band from practicing outside. Band camp is underway on campus, and members said they’re not slowing down.
"It’s a little warm, but it’s nothing that we can’t handle. Last year was also really hot, and really humid so we’re pretty used to this kind of weather,” said junior Martha Nedeau-Owen.
There are about 120 members in the Screaming Eagles this year. So members said they need to take advantage of the time they have to practice at UW-L’s stadium.
“We have a lot of work to do that we can’t do indoors, so coming out here and working at the stadium is necessary for us. So we just kind of push through it, and do the best we can,” said junior Ally Wolf.
Marching band members are taking water breaks about every half an hour to make sure they stay hydrated. Marching band members said it’s worth practicing in the heat and humidity. They also said they’re excited about performing.
“This year is actually going to be a really big year for us. We have 6 home games which is more than normal, and we have a lot of other side performances that I’m really looking forward to as well,” said senior Ryan Whaley.
Band camp runs through Friday.
The Screaming Eagles will perform at Steppin’ Out in Pink, which is a walk to support breast cancer research and awareness.
They’ll be at Powell Park in La Crosse around 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 7.
They’ll also be performing at UW-L’s home football game against the University of Dubuque, which kicks off at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 7.