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1. A note from Mr. Roltsch:
First off, I hope each of you and your families have done well during the past few months. I know that there are a lot of stresses that were added in the Spring and, in some instances, have piled up. I know that the beginning of the school year is definitely causing some stress for families, teachers, and administrators alike.
At the Junior High, I have plans of trying to figure out how to play at some points during our class time. I am still working out the exact details, but we would need some additional, band-specific PPE. The main thing that we would need is called a “musician’s mask.” This is a mask for wind players (excluding flute players, but we will get to that) that has an overlapping slit in the middle that can allow for students with a mouthpiece to play their instrument. This is where you come in and why this email is being sent to high school families as well. I am hoping that there might be some of you that are good with a sewing machine that may be able to help make them for us. We have a limited budget, but the band program may be able to help out with the cost of fabric and things. I have found a website that gives detailed instructions on how exactly to make these masks: http://www.unitedsound.org/mask?fbclid=IwAR0zBwhLWQcPiYprYQJR-mvKIG168DwqowZWKN7-Zkx1daP01BsBa0fq5Lc
There are two options for masks, one seems a lot easier, but I do not know much about sewing. I am hoping that we will be able to find enough people in the band community to help with the making of about 200 masks. Again, I know this is a long shot, but as is the famous phrase, “desperate times call for desperate measures.”
For our flautists, we would need to make flute specific face shields. We would need about 25 of these shields. This is a video that I have found that explains how to make these: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vX-KE0WobaE&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0-rr3CcYEUTophJkubOhkoR5Y0AXaLfsWykfZsKvVTbndQixqPFwjC_yE
I know it is a lot to ask, but if you are able to help, please consider! Band programs around the country are looking into creative ways of enhancing our instruction in the Fall. I am excited to take on the challenge of COVID-era band classes and your help (or someone you know) will help literally hundreds of students!
Thanks! Please let me know if you have questions. I know there will be a lot and I will do the best I can to help provide answers, but please know there are still many question marks surrounding the start of the year.
Josh Roltsch, Director of Bands, FJHS
Junior High School Band Director
Fowlerville Junior High School