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The "What's New?" section will be a quick check of any new updates made to the webpage, for those that don't want to explore the whole page. Here's what's new now:
1. A note from Mr. Vliek regarding the performance element for high school band:
I know that there is an incredible amount of anxiety regarding our ability to play our instruments at school. I want you to know that I've been keeping up with all of the aerosol studies and talking with many of my band directing colleagues. The good news is that we are going to be able to make "playing our instruments together" happen!!! It will look different. It will always be outside. You won't be within 10-15 feet of anyone else. Masks will definitely be involved. Think of it as a fundamentals block that just doesn't move. I know that it's not ideal, but it allows us to play together. Whether we are playing our proposed marching show, Long Tone 1A (don't lie, it's your favorite), or whatever we feel like, we will still be a band and will be able to make music as an ensemble. The detailed specifics will be gone over during the first week of class and emailed out to families so that everyone is on the same page, but I wanted to put this out there as a bit of good news amidst much uncertainty.
I also wanted to give some clarification on marching band as it relates to the announcement from MHSAA, postponing football until the Spring. Though we all love and will miss Friday nights in the Fall, this decision does give a shred of light for marching bands. I've had many students ask, "will we still do marching band if it's in the Spring?" If it's healthy to do so, HECK YEAH!! I think we've all come to respect that we can't predict what's coming down the line, but we will stick to what we can do in a safe manor and progress from there.
I look forward to seeing you all soon, whether that be in a face-to-face setting or via Zoom. I hope that you are staying healthy and finding some time to enjoy the last vestiges of summer.