Vinita Blue Pride Band

NOTE: Our Rehearsal on Wednesday, July 29 will end at 10:00 AM due to a faculty meeting. Students are welcome to practice independently in the band room if they wish afterward, but this is optional.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Hey Vinita Band,

Man are we living in interesting times. I know you're eager to get back to work. So am I. I'm sorry for information coming out so late, but as you know, things seem to be contstantly changing and I wanted to be able to plan with the most complete and recent information possible so that we can return, but return safely.

We are going to start up summer rehearsals on Monday, July 27. There will be some changes from our normal summer band routine. First of all, we're going to have a shorter day. This is to avoid issues with lunch, having facilities for students to eat and clean up and students leaving in groups for lunch. This will also allow time for cleaning the bandroom and give me the time to plan for other issues heading into the new year. We will be rehearsing 8 AM to Noon for two weeks: July 27-31 and August 3-7.

I'll say up front, if you are sick, do not come. If you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or have had contact with someone currently positive for COVID-19, plese stay home.

Next, we will not be providing community water. You need to bring your own bottle or jug of water to drink. I suggest a half-gallon or gallon water cooler. If you don't have anything you can use, I do have some of those green bottles from last year left over, but as I'm sure you remember they don't stay cold for too long.

We will be much more spread out when we do rehearse inside. The plan is to have 6 feet between players or as close to that as we can get. It is going to be vital that you keep up with your music when it is passed out as there will be no sharing of music or any other supplies for that matter.

Brass players: the days of emptying water keys on the floor are over. I'm asking that you bring a rag and either a ziplock bag or a small tupperwear container to keep it in. You need to plan to take these rags home at least weekly to clean them.

As we move foward with the changes, please remember all the normal necessities for summer band. You'll need tennis shoes for rehearsal. I strongly suggest sunglasses and or a hat. Sunscreen and insect repellent are also great ideas.

I've missed you all and can't wait to get back to work.