With the band lot being used as the site of the new Middle School, the district has a responsibility to create a proper turf or blacktop rehearsal space for this (approx.) 140-member extra-curricular group. Grass is not an option as it cannot sustain the repetitive movement of students marching over the course of hours a day for 4-5 months from summer band camp until the last performance in late November. Although blacktop was considered, installing a turf field is favored as it will serve not only the Marching Band but also athletic venues (MTSD, community, and rentals) and physical education. Additionally, unlike asphalt, a variance of lot coverage is not required for a turf field.