The School Board approved that Fall activities and athletics can resume in SM at their meeting on Wednesday. This means that we can start having our traditional Monday evening rehearsals in person starting next week, 9/14. The rehearsal will run from 7-8:30 PM and we will follow the same mitigations as we did during "conditioning" in August. The short version is that all rehearsals will be outside and students will be spaced at 7.5 feet. We will wear masks when not playing. Students cannot share stands or music. They need to bring their own stands. Please do not carpool. These rehearsals are voluntary. They are not connected to a grade in any way.
What we are preparing for is to provide pep bands for home football games where we are allowed 50 band members per game and each of them will get two tickets for parents, siblings under 10 get in without a ticket. These tickets cannot be given away to other students. There will be no student section at these games. It appears that the first game is next Saturday morning at 10AM.
All of this is extremely fresh and rules and schedules are still being established for the games but this is what I know right now.
These rehearsals will run through the end of October. 5th hour band members, unlike previous years, are invited to join. I do not know how we will pick "the 50" for each game, yet, but we will come up with a way that everyone gets to participate that wants to....but not for every game, probably.