Marching band adapts to new normal

Updated: Oct 7, 2020

In the past, the band has always played for the home team inside the stadium, but this year things look a little different.

 With concerns surrounding the coronavirus and outdoor crowd limits, the band has to play outside of the stadium during the game for the 2020 season. The band carries on as usual playing all the same songs and even still wearing uniforms, but now they sit in guam until show time.

 “We are there to provide the Friday night atmosphere for our home team, and I feel like we still achieve that, despite not being in the stands,” said band director Scott Muenz.

 The students have a different opinion on the changes the band has made for the football season.

 “It’s very strange to perform outside the stadium because it is much harder to see the action on the field and we have to play louder to be heard,” said sophomore Kyle Rauchut.

 The theme for the band’s show is ‘Into the Cosmos’. Things are run slightly different due to social distancing, so the sets for this show will be six feet apart.

 “Adjusting to these new rules wasn’t too bad because of the processes and structures that the staff has put in,” said junior Luke Royer.

 To avoid unneeded crowds at away games, the band does not travel along, so they only perform their shows at the home games. The band performs its show during halftime, and it is a bit shorter than usual for safety reasons.

 “There are no away games this year, so we don’t get to have our fun bus rides home on late Friday nights,” said Rauchut.

 “I think that while we aren’t able to go to away games it’s nice that we are still able to send in videos of our performance and get comments from judges,” said Royer.

 Usually, the band students go to the stadium for a week before school starts and they have their annual band camp. They spend most of their time out on the turf, learning their show for the new season.

 They go inside for lunch, and to practice their playing in a cooled down setting, but this year that was not allowed since the band has too many people to enter the school at that point in time.

 “The kids were great with wearing their masks at all times,” said Muenz. “We couldn’t go inside for lunch so we had to eat outside, which wasn’t a problem, but overall it was about the same as past years.”

 All the changes have greatly affected the students and how they perform, but just like everything else this year, they have adapted best they can.

 “With the hybrid schedule, I don’t get to see all my friends as often as I used to, so band doesn’t feel quite the same.” said Rauchut.

 “We definitely aren’t doing quite as much, but I think we are getting a lot of the experiences that we normally would,” said Royer.

 The students who are having the hardest time with these adjustments are the freshman because they are new to the high school and this is their first experience.

 “I didn’t expect my first year of band at the high school to be like this, I’m sure no one did,” said freshman Cat Marshall. “I don’t particularly enjoy the experience of playing this way, but we have to make the best out of what we have.”

Photo by Megan Miller and Rhema Minnick

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