Band, Percussion, and Dance Still Being Taught During “Safer at Home” Quarantine
Despite the disruption to on-campus instruction all band, percussion, and dance classes are still delivering instruction through online learning. The Band 1, Percussion 1, Band 2, Band 3, Percussion Ensemble, Dance Guard, and Jazz Band classes are still meeting at their regularly scheduled times during the school day through Canvas, where students are receiving daily assignments and making progress with their music and choreography. We are all preparing in hopes that the “Safer at Home” quarantine will be lifted and we will be allowed to perform at our concerts in May. In the event we are not allowed to perform before the end of the school year, all students in the IKB will still have skills to maintain and improve. That means all parents should hear the sounds of woodwinds and brass blowing, the tapping of sticks and drum pads, and the air being whipped by flags, rifles, and sabres.
All Concerts Postponed Until Late May/Early June
The Jazz Band and Percussion Ensembles Concert scheduled for May 15, and the Final Concert and Awards scheduled for May 20 have been postponed until later in May or early June. As of right now, the Stay At Home orders from state and local governments have been extended to May 15, but as you may have seen in the news, restrictions are slowly being lifted. We remain hopeful that our students will be able to perform the music they’ve been working on at home, but we also have to be realistic about what it takes to put on a successful concert. There will need to be several rehearsals leading up to a performance to prepare the music as an ensemble, which would take one or two weeks depending on the frequency of rehearsals. We also need to understand that the students will need their summer break to have the energy required for a successful band camp in August. For these reasons, we would not schedule a concert later than June 15. We will be in contact with parents and students with a more specific date for the final concert dates as the situation progresses.
Band Gathering 2020 Canceled
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Band Gathering, our annual band alumni event scheduled for June 1, has been canceled. Please look to the next issues of the band newsletter sometime this summer for updates on band alumni events in the Fall semester. If you have any band alumni related questions, please contact Mr. Combes at firstname.lastname@example.org
Alumni Band Rehearsals Canceled
In addition to the Band Gathering, the remaining Alumni Band rehearsals on May 5, June 2, and June 4 have been canceled. Please check your email and the band alumni Facebook page for updates on future rehearsals for the Fall semester.
Saturday Band Canceled Until Further Notice
All rehearsals for Saturday Elementary Band have been canceled until further notice. We will continue to monitor the situation with the COVID-19 outbreak and inform the Saturday Band families if anything changes, but for the time being, you may assume that Saturday Band is canceled for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year.