It's that time of year again and time for the members of the local high school marching bands to ready for the year.

It’s that time of year again and time for the members of the local high school marching bands to ready for the year.

The Ballinger High School Bearcat Band will be practicing beginning on Monday, July 31. Freshman only will practice from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, July 31. The full band will practice from Tuesday, Aug. 1-Thursday, Aug. 3.

Band Director Janet Wilson said members should wear tennis shoes and comfortable clothes to march in and lunch will be provided.

The Winters Blizzards Pride of West Texas Band begins practice on Monday, July 31 and continues Aug. 1-3 (Tuesday-Thursday) and Monda Aug. 7 through Thursday Aug. 10. Full band practice for band members in the 8-12 grades will be from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1-4 p.m. July 31, Aug. 1-3 and from 1-4 p.m. Aug. 7-10.

Incoming 8th grade, section leaders and drum majors will practice from 8 to 11 a.m. and from 1-4 p.m. July 31 and Aug. 1-3. Flag camp will be held from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1-4 p.m. July 31, Aug. 1-3 and Aug. 7-10.

Tuesday night rehearsals will begin Aug. 15. All rehearsals are required, Band Director Karen Mooney advised.