July 23, 2020
Dear Athens Drive student and parent,
I just wanted to touch base with everyone with regards to where we are with our Marching Band AND our class bands: Wind Ensemble/Symphonic Band/Concert Band.
The very latest information that we have received mandates that we cannot begin any type of marching band activity until after Sept. 1st. IF we are able to begin our marching band after this date, I realize that many questions would need to be answered including the following:
1) Can Virtual Academy students participate? If so, would our Virtual Academy students want to and/or be allowed to participate?
2) For Blended Academy students, can students who are not in school come to after-school marching rehearsals?
3) What type of performances would we be working towards: Competitions? Athletic Activities? Christmas Parades?
I realize that it is tempting to cancel our entire fall season. Out of respect for our students, staff, and community, I do not want to exercise this option. If this pandemic has taught us anything, it may be patience. Perhaps the only performance opportunity that we be able to engage in will be parades; perhaps we will invite our students to do some type of marching activity in the spring. As this pandemic is unprecedented, so too may be the way our activities are scheduled. Let’s keep an open mind and a positive attitude!
Although we are beginning the semester with on-line instruction only, it is my understanding that we will begin “blended-learning” ASAP. Once we begin to work with students in person, we will distribute MUSIC and engage in performance-related activities! I am still not told whether we will be able to allow students to play their instruments. If they are not permitted to do so in class, we can still distribute music and engage in the study of music. I am even considering teaching a unit on guitar and piano! I will continue the “Doc-Talk/Lesson” format for on-line instruction; the feedback that I received was very positive and I’ve got a TON of information that can be presented to increase our students’ knowledge and enjoyment of music.
Stay strong and positive! Work your mind, body and spirit every day! I am always here for you!