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Students participating in band this year have many new changes to look forward to, which include sitting six feet apart and wearing a mask, just not where you think it would be placed.

Students not only need to wear a mask on their faces during band, but also on their instruments!

Every band member other than flute and percussion players must put a special cloth mask on the end of their instrument.

This helps to stop the spread of any virus that may travel through the air as students breathe and play through their instruments.

Members are able to take off masks when sitting stationary in their assigned seats but once moving around the room or socializing, they are required to put them back on. Since there are so many students in the band, each student must also enter the band room by using their assigned doors, which they enter based on their grade level. Members also have many more restrictions on sharing items in class. They are not allowed to share any of their personal belongings such as; stands, folders, instruments, reeds, oils, grease, swabs, or drum sticks. All of these guidelines will hopefully help decrease the potential for spreading of germs and allow students to keep playing.

I spoke with some fellow band members about their thoughts on these changes for class and why they enjoy being in band. Sayge Barkley said, “I enjoy playing, learning new songs and helping younger players.” Even though the social distance rules make it much harder to do so. Cayla Duke mentioned, “I don’t care how many new rules there are as long as I get to play. I think they (the rules) are good.” These guidelines seem like alot to manage, but most band members are just thankful they get to keep playing music and doing what they love!

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