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Cooling down a hot band - After a long all-day practice under the summer sky Wednesday, July 25, marching on a sun-fried parking lot where the working temperature hung close to 100, the Pickens High School band stood in need of some relief. Their tunes were smokin’. Their feet nearly, too. Luckily, Band Director Michael Oubre had phoned the fire department. An engine and crew arrived from the Tate firehouse around 5 p.m. After mounting a water cannon atop the pumper truck, a stalwart fireman commenced a group hosing (on cue) at 5:30. Cool spray arched high and long, descending on musicians down range like a gift heaven sent.