September 29, 2020

During band practice, several step markings put at least ten feet of distance between students while they march. The students wear normal masks while rehearsing their performance and put on different masks that have holes for the instruments when they need to play.

Sophomore and clarinet player Akshirtha Selvakumar believes changing masks when necessary is comforting for many band members.

The band wears masks with holes in them to play their instruments. (Amber Luther)

“It’s kind of making them feel safer, which is a big thing that Mr. Jones and the directors have been talking about,” Selvakumar said. “Making all of us feel comfortable, no matter what our stress level is about this.”

This year’s marching band performance has been altered to minimize contact and follow the UIL social distancing guidelines. Instead of bleachers, the band will sit in folding chairs in the end zone during the game to maximize social distancing.

Rehearsals and football game performances are optional for virtual band members. Color guard and band started rehearsing together two weeks ago and performed at the football game on Sept. 25. Groups of band members also recorded themselves playing school songs for the virtual patriotic pep rally.

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