COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Being a part of a high school marching band brings along a lot of pressure.
"Number one they have to be in shape, they have to be handle the elements, the sun and the marching. number 2 they have to work really hard on memorizing music and to memorize it of course they have to be able to play it," said Steve Deladurantey, Band Director at Gulf Coast High School.
And those instruments range in shape, size, and weight.
"Especially for the sousaphones its really hard for us first day because for us its 45 pounds on our left shoulder," said Cody Lowthorp.
While they're not getting tackled on the football field like their classmates. Band members said they work just as hard to get ready for the big game.
"We actually do a lot more than most might think," said Kelly Gramer.
Whether you're on the dance team, flag line, or manning an instrument, the job requires strength and conditioning. And of course, practice, marching over and over again in the southwest Florida sun.
"It takes a lot for this band to work as it does now," said Lowthorp.
Now imagine being in charge of all these high schoolers.
"There are only about nine or ten high school bands in the whole state of Florida that are over 200 people. There are three of them in Collier County," Deladurantey said.
And they're all working towards the same goal."These kids work incredibly hard before they even need to show up to school to be a part of an organization that they value," said Skip Pardee, the Director of Bands at Palmetto Ridge High School.
"It's been pretty life-changing," said Lowthorp.