13Jul/20

Cedar Point/Kalahari

At this time we have made the decision to postpone our Cedar Point trip until May of 2021.  A number of things were taken into consideration.  The current climate is not conducive to an enjoyable experience, and the deadline to get refunds for all of you is July 15th….which is why we have decided to postpone.  If situations improve in the next few months, we can always add this back on….Cedar Point is an easy trip to schedule last minute.  For the time being, plan on a trip some time in May.

If you have paid money to Noteworthy, you will want to contact them to request a full refund.  If you have any issues, please let us know.

Thank you for your patience.  

06Jul/20

Summer Update

I hope your summer has been as good as mine!  Just a friendly reminder that you should be practicing daily to get your chops ready for the first week of band!  Now is a good time to make sure you have a water container for practices, and a comfortable pair of gym/tennis shoes.  No sandals or flip flops!  If you’ve been hibernating, get outside and get acclimated to the heat.  See you on the 20th!

06Jul/20

Marching Band Schedule Update

As you all know, marching band begins on July 20th.  With the loss of Rookie Camp, we are going to have ONLY freshmen and leadership team (including field commanders) in on the 20th and 21st.  Same time, same everything else.  The full band will report on Wednesday the 22nd.

ANYONE who needs a school owned instrument:  Please meet on the front steps of PHS at 11AM on Monday, July 20th.  We will get you what you need.

Last but not least, the Cedar Point trip:  A decision will be made by July 15th.  Safety is obviously our top concern, but we also want to make sure it’s an enjoyable trip.  With current restrictions in place, I’m not sure that’s possible.  We are waiting to hear more from Cedar Point and we will have an announcement for you on or before there 15th.  

Stay cool out there!

01Jul/20

Urgent: Rehearsal Guidelines and Expectations

Please review the following information.  With an organization as large as ours, it is important that we each do our part to ensure a safe and successful season.  Please share this information with anyone and everyone.  Leadership:  Make sure each person in your section reads this.  As time passes, will we update this information as needed, but this is a good starting point.

  • Participants and ALL teaching/support staff must know the symptoms of COVID-19. Before rehearsals, instructors, parents and students will be asked to contact the band director if experiencing symptoms, or anyone who has had direct contact with those experiencing symptoms (i.e. family members).
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  • It is important that social distancing is adhered to before, during, and after rehearsals. This means you shouldn’t be ride sharing, etc.  We have a responsibility to each other to ensure that this activity can continue to safely take place.
  • There will be no access to the band rooms for the time being (unless you have/need a school owned instrument). All students (except school owned instruments) must bring your equipment to and from rehearsal.
  • You must bring YOUR OWN water bottle and supply of water. Water fountains inside of the building are turned off. 
  • Percussion and Guard students should enter the building through the Aux Band Room garage door. Do not enter through the main lobby.
  • All other students will meet at the parking lot practice field. Do not enter the building.

 

Outdoor/Indoor Band Rehearsal Considerations:

  • When scheduling, directors will consider building occupancy or gathering standards, entry points and available interior space.  As recommended by the CDC and the Ohio Department of Health, physical distancing guidelines will be preserved in the case a group enters the building due to inclement weather or emergency. Entering the building during inclement weather will be a last resort-  if inclement weather is in the forecast, rehearsals will be cancelled.
  • Participants will wear masks at all times when not music making. Excessive heat will be taken into consideration.
  • Directors and participants must self screen before coming on campus for symptoms of illness or contact with a person confirmed to have COVID-19. If a student, or anyone in the student’s household, is positive for COVID-19 or showing symptoms, that student will be excused from rehearsals for a 14 day period.  Any individual experiencing symptoms must immediately be sent home.
  • Students must take their temperature before coming to campus. We will either have a Google form for you to fill out, or will log that you took your temperature during rehearsal.
  • Consider staggered arrivals or parking in every other space for student drivers
  • No group restroom breaks. Students will be permitted to use the restrooms one at a time if needed.
  • Proper protocols will be used when sharing equipment such as percussion mallets. If there is sharing of mallets/sticks, sanitization will occur.  There should be no sharing of brass or wind instruments.  Do not ask someone to carry your instrument or case for you.
  • Rehearsal groups will remain consistent through summer rehearsals for the purpose of contact tracing in the event a COVID-19 case is identified among students/staff. Instructors will remain with the same rehearsal groups throughout the season.
  • Directors will keep an accurate log of attendance at all rehearsals through whatever system is determined by the school district for possible contact tracing in the event a COVID-19 case is identified.
  • Directors will wear a face mask or face covering until the point that proximity to students is moot – for example, director is positioned on an observation tower and students on a marching field
  • Drill is being written to keep social distancing- our drill this year will be at a minimum of 3 step spacing, which is approximately 6 feet apart.
  • Students will not share water bottles. Each student must bring their own container for water during rehearsals.  There is to be no sharing of food or beverages.
  • All rehearsals, including music, will be held outside when possible. If indoor spaces must be used, students must adhere to CDC/Ohio Department of Health distance and room usage guidelines.\
  • Students should wipe down/sanitize their school owned instruments at the conclusion of each rehearsal.
  • No parents/alumni/etc will be permitted near rehearsal spaces, except pre approved volunteers who have been properly screened for COVID 19.
  • We are asking that our tradition of parents viewing our evening 2 a days rehearsals be suspended this year. While I know this is an enjoyable experience, please understand that any congregating or lack of social distancing is going to get us shut down.
  • Students/families will be asked to bring their own hand sanitizer to each rehearsal.
  • Students must maintain six feet of separation when not rehearsing. (No hanging out in groups during breaks, etc)
  • NFHS Guidelines will be followed by phases as directed by the Ohio and Stark County Department of Health

 

 

These best practices have been developed in accordance with recommendations from the CDC, Ohio Department of Health, and the NFHS.

 

26Jun/20

HOF Parade

We have just been notified that the Hall of Fame Parade, and all events associated with the Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival, has been canceled.  Since we have no other obligations that weekend, that is now a free weekend.

Please note that as of today, 2 a days are still scheduled as normal….we just won’t be doing parade marching.

We will keep sharing new information as we hear about it.

17Jun/20

Mid-June Marching Band Update

I hope you are all having a relaxing extended summer!  The last time in my life that I had this much “down time”, I was 4 years old.  True story.  I’m starting to get bored.

Believe it or not, Marching Band is just around the corner.  At this time, our plan is to be “all systems go” on July 20th.  Obviously, things may look a bit different this season, but we will adjust accordingly and do what we need to do.  As we learn more, we will be sharing important updates with you on what our rehearsals will look like.  While some of these guidelines might not be enjoyable, as an organization it’s important that we ALL do what we need to do so that we can have a season.  I will do my best to make every minute enjoyable with my fantastic wit and sarcasm…..you do your best by showing up prepared and with a positive attitude.

It is my hope that our season will be completely normal.  However, it is quite possible that this will be a marching band experience that neither you, I, or anyone who has done marching band has ever experienced before.  It is important that we stay flexible, smart, and roll with it.  As always, I’m sure we’re going to have a blast doing whatever it is we are about to do together…and to the best of our abilities.  

As we look ahead, one of the items we will need to plan for is social distancing.  This begins with rides to and from rehearsals.  It is highly encouraged that each student finds their own transportation to rehearsals this year.  When possible, please avoid sharing rides with each other.

We are looking at hosting a “Rookie Camp” on one morning the week before full rehearsals begin.  I would like to get this information to you ASAP, but we are still waiting on clearance to proceed.  This would only impact all incoming rookies and leadership team.  Right now, we are thinking Wednesday, July 15 from 9AM-Noon.  Keep your eyes glued to the website.  Once we have a green light from the county Health Department, we will push out information.

As we prepare, here is a current list of items that you need to be prepared for:

1.  Get outside!  It’s never too early to start getting acclimated to the weather/sun.  The more outdoor activity you do now, the easier those first summer rehearsals will be.

2.  Bring water and stay hydrated!  You are permitted to bring water jugs, bottles, Camel-Baks, etc to all rehearsals.  Make sure these are filled with plenty of WATER to stay hydrated during rehearsals.  It is absolutely imperative that you have YOUR OWN PERSONAL WATER CONTAINER.  THERE CAN BE NO SHARING OF WATER BOTTLES THIS YEAR FOR ANY REASON.

3.  Block the sun!  Bring sun glasses, hats, and plenty of sun screen.  We will be spending hours in the sun…the more comfortable you make yourself, the better off you will be.

4.  Tennis shoes!  No flip flops or sandals at rehearsals.  Your directors (and feet) will thank you.

5.  Make sure you have all music in a flip folder with lyre.  If you show up without a flip folder, you will not be marching.  No exceptions.  Check in with your leadership team to see what specific items your section may need.  (flutes and tubas especially)

6.  Play your instrument!  The more time you put in NOW, the more we will accomplish once rehearsal begins.  Lost your music?  Contact your section leader.

7.  Get your band shoes ordered early so they will be here for pictures/HOF parade.  We march in BLACK DRILLMASTER shoes for performances.  These can be ordered at The Band Shoppe, or any other retailer you choose. 

8.  Uniform fittings are currently on hold.  We are formulating a plan that works for a group our size so that we can get you fitted safely.

9. We are still examining our Cedar Point trip.  We have a few more weeks before we have to make a definite decision.  Our utmost concern is your safety.  Period.  We also want to make sure that visiting the park under current circumstances will be an enjoyable experience.

10.  Practice!

11.  Be ready to show up with a positive attitude so we can be Good, Better, Best!

12.  Go practice some more!

29May/20

Rosters/Leadership

Leadership Team:

Phone rosters have been emailed to all of you.  Please let me know ASAP if there are inaccuracies.  We haven’t been able to double and triple check our lists this year like we typically do, so I’m relying on YOU to verify your section.  Thanks!

26May/20

End Of Year Update/Band Officers/etc etc

Hello!  I hope everyone is enjoying this amazing weather as much as I am!  I wanted to give you all an update as I’ve been radio silent for the past week.  I have several things on my plate, and am currently working on county wide guidelines for Marching Band in the COVID-19 era.  We have a lot of issues on our plate, but ensuring a safe return in July is at the top of my current list.  Between that and diploma deliveries, and everything else, I’ve neglected to deal with some normal end of year stuff.  

•  Band Officers-  I’m working on it.  Stay tuned to the website.  We will post the final ballot list and a survey for voting either this week or next.

•  In the coming weeks, I will be sharing guidelines with you on what Marching Band will/could/might look like when we return.  It’s WAY  too early to make any snap decisions, but whatever we do…it’s going to be safe and effective.  This is an enormous issue to work through, with hundreds of variables, so I want to make sure we get it right.

•  As of today, Tuesday, our Marching Band schedule stands as is.  Depending on the course of the next month, and on guidance from the Governor of Ohio, this could change.  We will adjust what we need to do accordingly.  This is going to take an extraordinary amount of patience on your part and mine, but we need to make sure we do what we need to do so we can have a Marching Band.  The schedule may change and some events might have to be cancelled……please be as flexible as you can be. But in the mean time, no one really knows.  So don’t worry or stress about it.  Practice, and be ready for anything that comes our way.  Based on past experience with you, I know I can confidently sit in meetings and say “I’m not worried….Perry kids will get this done”.  Not many can say that so don’t prove me wrong.

•  There are to be ABSOLUTELY NO NON-STAFF SUPERVISED SECTIONALS at this time.  None.  Zero.  I will let you know when sectionals can happen.  Our top priority is making sure that we can handle doing what we need to do so our events don’t get shut down.

•  I’ll be in touch with more info soon.  I know much of what is listed above is still unknown, but I like to keep you in the loop. Stay tuned, stay sharp, and stay healthy.