PROVO The Cougar Marching Band's annual weeklong August boot camp is arduous even without a heat wave. In December the band practices in driving snow.
The impact of those intemperate extremes has been softened, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this fall with a big present from anonymous BYU donors: a high-tech, air-conditioned rehearsal room at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
Nestled directly above the Cougar Club's room in the southwest corner of the stadium, the facilities include storage rooms for instruments, uniforms and props."This gives us a feeling this is our home now, too," said Baker, who plays the clarinet. "It's not just the football stadium; it's our band's stadium, too."