Despite “hiccups”, Band Concert gives music students a chance to perform together after a year off the stage

“The only crutch of stability we had was the digital audio clips to guide us during quarantine.” Students reflect on the concert, providing insight into what it is like to be a band student during times of COVID.

Musicians gathered last Monday for the first band concert since the start of quarantine. The Freshman, Varsity, and Concert bands performed, but the students involved in the groups had mixed opinions on the overall success of the band.

Percussionist Olivia Lawrence’24 felt that there were some “hiccups” during each song, but the band overcame them and kept playing. Even though she hadn’t played in front of an audience in over a year, she felt as though she did well.

On the other side of the spectrum, bass clarinetist Mason Baloun’23 said that the experience didn’t go well for him, but was glad for the opportunity to perform.

“I personally didn’t do too well, but I believe it is fine because we were all bad together,” Baloun said, “especially considering the setback from the quarantine.”

Quarantine caused a major disruption in the music department. There was a barrier between conductor and musician that was difficult to overcome. Students felt that they didn’t have access to the help they needed, and only having a small amount of time in person to “sync up” meant that they weren’t able to play to their normal standards.

Even the process of the actual concert was shifted according to COVID guidelines. In past BHS concerts, students were expected to stay and support other groups. This year, to avoid congregating in large groups, musicians and their families were informed that they needed to leave immediately following their performance. As of right now, there are dates set for future concerts, but flexibility is a must due to the ever-changing COVID atmosphere.

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