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Marching Band Members ‘Adapting’ During Pandemic

Members of the Jamestown High School “Red Raider” Marching Band are pictured Wednesday evening during music rehearsal and marching tutorials. P-J photos by Cameron Hurst

Members of the Jamestown High School “Red Raider” Marching Band have begun practicing utilizing safety precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Band members are split up by instrument section and report once a week either on Mondays or Wednesdays for two hours of music rehearsal and a half hour of marching tutorials.

“The kids are adapting. I had a whole tutorial of what to do when they came in the building,” JHS Director of Bands Meghan Murray said. “They’ve been really good so far about performance spaces. They get their masks on and are staying where they’re supposed to be. We have music masks that allow their mouthpieces to fit in so they’re still wearing masks as they’re playing and then the bell covers are an added measure.”

The band is hoping to present a visual performance at Strider Field tentatively scheduled for Oct. 31 depending on the situation at the time. Murray said the organization will aim to record and live stream the performance.

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