By Steve White, Grand Island Bureau Chief - bio | email
Oppressive heat and humidity can't stop the music as kids across the region march through band camp.
More than a hundred members strong, the Viking marching band at Grand Island Northwest is in its third week of rehearsals.
Kids like Matt Eberle say they've been looking forward to it.
"Band itself is kind of a highlight of the school year. After that, it's kind of boring, not much happens but this is where it all focuses for me," he said.
So school might not be quite that boring, but self-proclaimed "band geeks" say it's definitely a high when they play together.
But first they've got to learn their show in the heat of summer. Monday brought temps of 75 and overcast skies. But high humidity and dew points made it miserable, as kids wiped the sweat away during frequent breaks.
Cierra Osentowski said, "It's kind of exhausting because it got really hot, we're all sweating and all getting tired and we all want to go inside and we need a lot of water breaks. It's tiring."
It may be exhausting, but kids say it's worth it, especially for events like Harvest of Harmony which will again be broadcast on NTV this fall.