I know there has been much discussion/speculation among yourselves about what marching band will look like for the upcoming season, considering the government restrictions and guidelines. I’d like to tell you right now that I have a definitive answer to all of this, but I don’t. There is no “magic date” where everything goes back to normal. Think of it more like a dial- a gradual, paced increase in returning to normalcy. There is no timeline for that. As I’m sure you already know, universities across the state are closed to all activities for the summer; this does of course include CMU. So unfortunately, as I’m sure you’ve already speculated, there will not be an away band camp this year. What does that mean for band camp? Again, I cannot say with 100% certainty. Everything is contingent on if/when restrictions are eased, what the parameters are for gathering, both by the state and UCS. As of right now, there are no guidelines beyond May 15. What I will be doing is preparing for different scenarios, to be ready to go when given direction/clearance. You know that right now, the NHL, NBA & MLB have either postponed/delayed their seasons, and the NFL & NCAA are looking at contingency plans for the fall season. That would also, in all likelihood, have an impact on all fall high school activities as well. We don’t even know what school will look like in the late summer/fall.
I’m not saying all of this to cast a gloom and doom over everything….. but rather to be straight-forward with you, to help prepare you for whatever may come. We will adapt, we will do as best as we can. Things (not just in band) will not be the same, not for quite a while.
In the meantime, I am planning on moving ahead, as though we have 2 weeks of home band camp, a fall season, etc. I will have a modified plan ready, to be utilized as needed. I will get the music to you (porch pickup somewhere) so you can start working on that.
These are indeed Crazy times…….
So the 2020 Marching Band show is- LET’S GO CRAZY!!!
Crazy Train– Ozzy Osbourne
Let’s Go Crazy– Prince
Crazy on You– Heart
Crazy in Love– Beyonce
Livin La Vida Loca (Living the Crazy life)- Ricky Martin
Still Crazy After All These Years– Paul Simon
In the meantime, stay safe, stay awesome!
More info to follow- GO BAND!!!!
Director of Bands & Choir
Henry Ford II High School