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- 8/31/20 -
Freshmen Day of Classes
- 9/1/20 - All
Students Begin Classes
- 9/7/20 -
Schools Closed (Labor Day)
- The Next Band Booster Meeting
will held once we are able to get back togther and meet.
Click here for the March 2020 Meeting Minutes
|Recent Band News
On July 15th, the
following announcement was made by both High School Band
Directors in Queen Anne's County.
conversations between the two High School Band Directors
in Queen Anne’s County and consideration of the
requirements set forth by the state and county for
athletic teams and other extracurricular groups, the
difficult decision was made that neither of the High
School Band Programs will be holding their Summer Marching
While reviewing the policies and
procedures set forth by the state and local agencies, the
conclusion was made that each of our programs would not be
able to prepare for and manage a successful Band Camp
while maintaining the protocols in place to keep students
and staff members safe. Below are a few procedures from
the QACPS Return-to-Play Document that were considered
upon making this decision:
– Groups of 25 students
or fewer per staff member
– No indoor facilities can be
– Students cannot share any equipment
discussion of these guidelines and other considerations
led to our decision, which was made with the health and
safety of all students and staff members in mind. Further
details of the plans that are being considered for each
school’s program for the fall will be communicated by each
individual director to their respective Marching Band
members and families.
On July 20th, the
following information was shared with the members of the
Lions Marching Band.
As a follow up to last week’s
Band Camp announcement, I wanted to take a moment to share
with you what our plans will be for the fall as of today
(7/20/20). Due to not being able to be together at
this current time or over the past couple of months that
we would normally be training for our fall season, the
staff and I had to make the additional tough decision that
the Marching Lions Band will not be a competitive unit
At the current time, Tournament of Bands
has two different options for participating this coming
fall. One option would be in person performances at
different locations, as we have always traveled to in the
past. The other would be a virtual performance that
would be performed in our home stadium and then uploaded
to a specific location and then reviewed by the judging
panel with the staff in attendance virtually as well.
In both options, there will be no Classifications (Open or
A Class), no Group Sizes (Groups 1-4), and no competitive
scoring or placements (ex. …place with a score of…)
We would all be performing under the “Festival Rating”
system that is very similar to what we have for our
concert ensembles when we go to District Band Festival in
the Spring. This would allow each ensemble the
opportunity to simply get feedback on their performance
and what they can do to improve. There will also be
only two judges that would be evaluating the performances;
Music and Visual.
After reviewing the details for
both options, and considering many different challenges
that we would have to work through and overcome for either
option to be possible, the staff and I realized that there
is one particular challenge that we would have to
overcome. The problem for us at this time is that we
have not been able to get together for in person
rehearsals as an ensemble and are not guaranteed that we
will get to in the weeks ahead. With the uncertainty
of the coming weeks, and wanting to be fair to each of the
show hosts, we felt it was important to make that decision
now, so that we can share with each of them that we will
not be attending their respective shows in the fall.
Now, with all of that being said, there are still
plans to have some sort of season for the 2020-2021
Marching Lions Band if at all possible. So, here are
the three plans that we have in place at this time.
Of course, keep in mind this will all be contingent upon
what the decision with returning to school will be and
if/when extracurricular sports and activities will be able
to start whole group practices and then have home events.
Plan #1 : If we are able to meet as
an ensemble once school begins and we have enough time
that we can not only work on the music but actually get to
put a simple drill on the field, then we will have a short
and simple show still based on the music that you have
been working on independently.
Plan #2 :
If we are able to meet as an ensemble once school begins,
but will not have enough time together to be able to teach
and learn even a simple field show drill, then we will
just focus our time on the music together and plan to
stand in concert formation and perform the music as the
Color Guard presents their simple routine out front.
Think Homecoming pep rally style.
Plan #3 :
This is the one that we hope will not end up being the
case for us. However, we realize at the same time
that we have to be ready for this to be a reality too.
That is, if there are no extracurricular sports or
activities this fall, then there will be no Marching Lions
Band activities during the time that all of those other
activities are suspended as well.
Please know, that
the staff and I want to be together with you, doing the
thing that we love and always look forward to each year.
But, just as the last several months has proven that 2020
is not a typical year, we have to realize that our typical
plans can not be as they usually are as well. First
and foremost, the staff and I want you to remain safe and
healthy and that way, together, we can help fight this and
hopefully get ourselves back to what we are used to doing
together sooner rather than later.
On July 21, the
following infomration was relesed by Tournament of Bands
concerning their plans for the fall.
Bands has revised the planned TOB 2020 offerings for our
TOB members this fall. The TOB 2020 LIVE! option has been
dropped due to numerous health, safety, and facility use
concerns by schools, directors and adjudicators. The
safety and health of our members is a primary concern in
We will offer TOB 2020 VIRTUAL!
MARCHING BAND. And we will expand our program to include
opportunities for percussion and auxiliary for the TOB
2020 VIRTUAL! season.
On July 22nd, the
decision was made by the Queen Anne's County Board of
Education Members that Queen Anne's County Public Schools
will begin the school year using the Virtual Model and
continue for the first semester, unless situations change
allowing for a safe return to the school buildings sooner.