Please put a hold on contacting Mr. Harris or any other school administrator concerning remote learners participating in the marching band after school. The Board of Education will need to discuss the policy at their next meeting. Once we learn their decision, we will email everyone with any information and instructions we can provide.
Maroon Band Family and Friends--
Due to rise in COVID-19 cases across Hopkins County and the Commonwealth, all 5 Hopkins Co. band directors met with Mr. Cline, asst. superintendent, on Wed. morning to discuss guidelines and procedures moving forward this marching season and band classes during in-person school. The meeting was productive and the outcome of the meeting will be crafted into a document for review by the Hopkins Co. Health Dept. and Hopkins Co. School Board. The School Board will review and discuss the document on Mon. Aug 3.
The Kentucky HS football season has been postponed, with the first possible game (could be home or away) occurring not earlier than Fri. Sept. 11.
Due to practice restrictions of six hours per week and number of students in a practice at a time, we have decided to wait until the first day of in person classes to meet as a band and prepare for the 2020 football/marching season. Coupled with the professional development requirements for teachers during the week of August 10, we feel that the best way to provide a continuity of quality of instruction in accordance with safety guidelines is to wait until in-person instruction begins on August 26. We have chosen some cool, fun music (waiting on copyright clearance) and our goals will be to learn the music and simple drill for Home FB games and other opportunities to perform as they might arise (think Racer Band).
Once in person classes begin, we plan to meet, as a full band, on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school from 3:15-5:15pm. This time will be used to learn drill, music, and choreography with the full ensemble.
Students who choose the “remote learning option,” but wish to participate in the Maroon Band must email email@example.com and state you are remote learning but wish to participate in after school rehearsals/performances. These decisions will be made by administration on a case by case basis. We hope to see all of you once in person instruction resumes.
Maroon Band Family,
After thoughtful conversations over several months between the directors, staff, and the booster executive board, we have made the difficult decision that we will not participate in a competitive marching band season this fall due to the many challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision is based on the following obstacles and decisions concerning marching band competitions made at the state, regional, and national levels.
While we will not participate in a fall competitive marching season, it is our goal to still have a marching band at MNHHS! Our plans are to perform a halftime show, much like the Racer Band, for home football games and participate in parades and community events, as those opportunities present themselves. If you choose remote learning at the beginning of the school year you may be able to participate in the marching band after school. We will need to submit your request to school administration for approval.
We will be in contact soon with dates and details concerning band camp so that we can begin working on this year’s field show. Our intention is to possibly begin Monday, August 3, but please keep in mind that this may change as we continue to follow state and local guidelines. The directors and staff will also need to schedule any practice dates and times around our mandatory professional development days, as they are a part of our contractual hours and are determined by the school system.
Please know that this has been a very difficult decision to make. We watched and waited with the hope that a competitive marching season would occur, but we know that this is the right decision for the Marching Maroons program, not only financially but for the health and safety of our students, families, and staff. The Maroon Band has had many obstacles to overcome the past few years, but we have persevered with resilience and integrity, and we WILL prevail through this as well.
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Maroon Band students, families and supporters-
Due to the current status of COVID-19 in Kentucky and Hopkins Co. we are going to cancel our July 2020 band camp dates, scheduled for July 20-31, 2020.
We hope to have some summer "camp days,” tentatively scheduled to begin Monday Aug 3.
These August camp days are not set in stone. If we do not have the clearance of the local health dept. and school board we can not proceed.
other updates we can share-