ARDMORE, Okla. (KTEN) — Summer time is preparation time for bands and cheerleading squads as the 2022 football season approaches.

For the Texoma Marching Arts and Leadership Academy and the Ardmore Tigerettes, that preparation is already paying off.

Band students from all over Texoma are making Ardmore their vacation destination this week as they learn from professionals at the Texoma Marching Arts and Leadership Academy.

"I feel like coming to this camp has really helped me become a better player, better marcher and a better leader," said Pauls Valley senior Piper Quinn.

The Ardmore Tigerettes worked on their craft in Norman as they participated in the Universal Dance Association summer camp, and they even came home with some hardware, voted by all attendees for the camp's highest award because of their display of the virtuous trait.

"Having other teams vote for us meant a lot to me, because it made me feel like I was a little bit successful at what my role was meant to be," said senior cheerleader Ashriel Charles.

While their skills may be different, teamwork is the through line for all of these squads.

"I think it's something you should experience at least once in your life, because these experiences will follow you," Charles said.

Now just weeks away from a return to school, the Friday night spotlight won't just be on the gridiron's athletes.