Hello Students and Family Members:
Normally at this time of year we would be emailing band letters, marching in summer parades and planning for the fall … but obviously times are not normal. During this pandemic the word “unprecedented” has become the word of the year and can certainly be applied to the challenges the Berea-Midpark Band program is facing on multiple fronts.
Our marching band program was already dealing with concerns over a practice area during the construction of the new high school and now the removal of the old high school. Seeking a location for a full practice area close to the needed support of our band room was a primary concern for the band directors and the administration following the end of the 2019 marching season. However, when the pandemic hit, priorities shifted to the safe education of the students.
The district has established a timeline of early July to make decisions about the upcoming school year. Once we hear those plans we will decide on fall band activities. We have little doubt that the marching band, facing all of the facility and health management challenges, will look different. Certainly a marching band the size of the Titan band fits the definition of a “large group gathering” and health guidelines need to be followed. Whether we are on a Disney trip or just coming to band class, the health and well-being of our students is always the primary focus.
Despite these challenges, Mr. Fudale is actively arranging music and planning shows and he will be downloading music onto Google classroom for students to practice. Yes, even a pandemic cannot stop the need to practice during the summer. In the coming days and weeks we will be emailing more details on preparations for the return to band.
We appreciate your patience as we maneuver through this unprecedented time in our program.
Thank you and we hope everyone in your family is and remains healthy.
– Mr. Fudale
– Mr. Barth