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March 20, 2021: MHS Spring Band & Guard Rehearsals
Hello Mountainside Band Students & Families,
UPDATE: Form link should allow ANYONE to fill out the form, not just BSD emails. Sorry about that. In addition, please sign up as soon as you can. I will be make cohorts on next Sunday evening (3/28) and sending it to the Athletic Trainer, Director, and school nurse for Monday's rehearsals.
As we approach spring break, we need to inform you of some good news and new opportunities open to everyone in the program. The MHS Band Parent Board (MBB) approved a budget for funding spring rehearsals for our programs!!! We are going to be offering spring rehearsals for each of our sections (woodwinds, brass, percussion, guard) starting on the week of March 29th till the week of May 24th.
Each section will have a slightly different focus as there are different needs within each group. We need to rehearse by section to stay in line with the guidance from the school district about in-person rehearsals. You will (hopefully) find all the information you will need below:
Who will be teaching? What will we do? When will we rehearse?
The staff will include Blake Kuroiwa and Kevin Jacobs for the winds, Nick Rose for percussion, and Katy Burns and Lilly Perez for the guard.
Wind players (woodwinds and brass) will be focusing on playing a movement from Together as One, the marching show we were going to perform this fall, as well as learn some marching basics to 1) prepare for marching band preview rehearsals in June and 2) just to get our bodies moving again. Percussionists will be using these rehearsals to learn and actually play on large percussion instruments that were not accessible to all students. In addition, there may be some integration of battery percussion as we get closer to June. The colorguard will learn and practice the basics of movement and dance as well as flag technique with dance and flag choreography taught throughout these rehearsals. Our ultimate goal is to prepare ourselves to potentially put out a culminating performance from these rehearsals if restrictions are lessened.
The spring rehearsal schedule can be found on our website, mountainsidebands.org, on our calendar. Generally Winds will rehearse on Mondays & Wednesdays from 4-5:30, Percussion Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 5-6:30, and Tuesdays & Thursdays from 5-6:30. If there are any changes or modifications, we will communicate that via email AND will be corrected on the calendar.
How will we stay safe during rehearsals?
Safety during these rehearsals will be our utmost priority. We will follow the guidelines and protocols created by Mountainsides Athletics, BSD, OHA, and ODE.
At the start of each rehearsal, students will complete a check in form via QR code provided by the staff to take attendance in cohort and for potential contract tracing. Students and staff MUST wear face coverings throughout rehearsals. Special PPE will be provided to musicians (both for playing and their instrument bell) that are instrument specific at NO COST. These will be distributed at the first rehearsal.
During rehearsal, proper social distancing will be maintained throughout exercises. If shared equipment is used (such as chairs, stands, or percussion equipment), they will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized between each cohort.
All rehearsals will take place outside (rain or shine in true band fashion) near the student parking lot (north end of the building). There will be no to limited use of the building as requirements to practice indoor lower our cohort numbers to 10 total members compared to the 40 outside. If it does rain, we will adapt and modify.
All of these guidelines will be strictly followed and enforced. If there are blatant, regular infractions, your student will be asked to leave and their eligibility to rehearse may/will be revoked. We take the safety of our community, students, and staff very seriously.
What do we need to do to sign up?
If you are ready to jump in, we first need you to fill out the BSD Sports/Activity Waiver of Liability for COVID 19 Form. This form is required by BSD to participate in ANY on-campus, extracurricular activity.
We then need you to fill out this Intent to Participate form. This is to collect the needed information to run these spring rehearsals such as cohort information, instrument PPE, guard and percussion supplies, etc.
Please know that if at any time in this process would like to stop rehearsing, you are welcomed to. There is NO FINANCIAL obligation to participate thanks to MBB who is covering ALL costs. This is an opportunity for ALL students in our program in ANY of our ensembles!
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email Jeremy Zander (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Blake Kuroiwa (email@example.com) at any time!
We look forward to rehearsing with you in-person post-Spring Break!
Jeremy Zander, Blake Kuroiwa, & Katy Burns