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There’s no point in judging either side, regardless of your views on this whole Covid situation. The best thing directors can do is make decisions based on the information they are given, real data, a

As a parent of students in a band that has not stated a non competitive season yet...  I feel I need to speak up.  I don't feel that our directors or principal or district is being irresponsible at al

Oh boy I have so many thoughts about this post,  but I'll just leave it at what we agree on... ...Fingers crossed for a safe and as normal as possible marching band season.

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Stopping the spread of any disease requires R0 < 1. Social distancing does not accomplish this. It slows the rate of infections, but R0 remains > 1. That means the amount of time it takes to essentially stop the spread is extended. This is true for any disease and not specific to the current one. This is not a statement for/against the policy, but a statement of what it means to the infection rate. Even the facebook posts showing the infections spread out over a longer time period so the healthcare system isn't completely overwhelmed in a short period visualize this effect. Social distancing in and of itself will cause the fall season to be cancelled unless some other variable arrives to impact R0 in a good way.

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On 3/18/2020 at 9:46 AM, TWHSParent said:

Stopping the spread of any disease requires R0 < 1. Social distancing does not accomplish this. It slows the rate of infections, but R0 remains > 1. That means the amount of time it takes to essentially stop the spread is extended. This is true for any disease and not specific to the current one. This is not a statement for/against the policy, but a statement of what it means to the infection rate. Even the facebook posts showing the infections spread out over a longer time period so the healthcare system isn't completely overwhelmed in a short period visualize this effect. Social distancing in and of itself will cause the fall season to be cancelled unless some other variable arrives to impact R0 in a good way.

The social distancing is a temporary measure to try to spread out the impact to the healthcare system, not stop the disease.  Social distancing will have to end or else we absolutely kill the economy.

The virus is now fact of life.  People will get it and recover every year.  People will also get it and die.  We will eventually have vaccines and some herd immunity.  

Life will go on.

2 hours ago, Danpod said:

Test.

Did you pass?  Did you study much?

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Well...there goes that :(

What makes me even more sad was Crown was going to end out my four years of HS in the best way possible. Their ballad, as we learned yesterday, was going to be Chandelier by Sia. That was our ballad freshman year and we poured our hearts into that song. To see that my favorite corps was going to play it the year that I graduated was just perfect, and now I don't get to have it.  

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, MadisonBandMan1 said:

Well...there goes that :(

What makes me even more sad was Crown was going to end out my four years of HS in the best way possible. Their ballad, as we learned yesterday, was going to be Chandelier by Sia. That was our ballad freshman year and we poured our hearts into that song. To see that my favorite corps was going to play it the year that I graduated was just perfect, and now I don't get to have it.  

 

 

 

I know your sad, and thats perfectly normal, but as a college senior who does not get his last wind ensemble concert as a college student, I know exactly how you feel. I also have experienced lots of disappointment much like what you are probably going through now, and I can confidently tell you that it will only get better from here :)

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Aww thank you! Yeah I have a world ahead of me. I am super excited to head off to Nebraska for college next semester (if we even get to that point). I plan on marching and from what I see they are actually pretty darn serious about their marching band and have a really great program. They have a true band camp full of all-days and that excites me if we will get to experience it. I just can’t decide whether I want to audition on tenor trombone or bass trombone right now 😂

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9 hours ago, MadisonBandMan1 said:

Aww thank you! Yeah I have a world ahead of me. I am super excited to head off to Nebraska for college next semester (if we even get to that point). I plan on marching and from what I see they are actually pretty darn serious about their marching band and have a really great program. They have a true band camp full of all-days and that excites me if we will get to experience it. I just can’t decide whether I want to audition on tenor trombone or bass trombone right now 😂

Well as a fellow trombone player who just had the opportunity to perform at TMEA, theres two big questions. Would u rather play low, powerful sustains at a triple F, or be able to have some hope that 10% of the time you get the melody. I know that sounds easy, but trust me, when you get the melody, you GET THE MELODY. Good luck my man!

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That is kind of the biggest think that I’m torn about. I can play well across all marching band registers for the trombone, so I can’t decide whether I want the melody or to blast notes two octaves below the staff because it’s what I am good at. I’m leaning towards the bass trombone a lot right now because I. Have so much fun playing it and I know that that is my forte. I made the state solo and ensemble contest with an unaccompanied solo on it (this is supposed to be my first trip to SSEC). Uggghhh such hard decisions. 

 

I also just just got a very expensive bass trombone mouthpiece that is the best thing I have ever played on that is part of the decision. It’s a Griego 1.25 New York. 

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I’m also lucky to be attending a university that has a top five program for my major and somehow there are only 39 people majoring in that there!!! Granted, the field is still pretty small, so it makes sense, but the other school I would have gone to had 350 people in their meteorology program. That is nearly ten times the size. 

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The TEA is recommending some pretty elaborate changes to the fall schedule. If this happens, I don’t know if we will have fall sports OR band activities. 
 
Here is some of what they’re saying:

...the agency is recommending use of an intersessional calendar, featuring longer breaks dispersed throughout the year to provide flexibility. 

The calendar modifications may result in an earlier start date, long winter breaks, built-in remote learning time and a recommended six weeks of intersessional breaks. 
The breaks would be in addition to districts' regularly scheduled time off and would provide flexibility in the event of a COVID-19 resurgence. Included in the guidelines are a number of sample intersessional calendars allowing for COVID-19 interruptions and remediation opportunities. 
students. 


The modified school year could see an increase of up to 30 days, continuing into the summer in an effort to minimize seasonal learning loss. 

Along with intersessional calendars, districts also have the option to implement an instructional calendar with an additional summer learning period or to undergo a complete school year redesign. 

https://communityimpact.com/austin/lake-travis-westlake/houston/2020/05/11/texas-education-agency-says-2020-21-school-year-likely-to-be-disrupted-by-covid-19

 

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3 hours ago, LeanderMomma said:

The TEA is recommending some pretty elaborate changes to the fall schedule. If this happens, I don’t know if we will have fall sports OR band activities. 
 
Here is some of what they’re saying:

...the agency is recommending use of an intersessional calendar, featuring longer breaks dispersed throughout the year to provide flexibility. 

The calendar modifications may result in an earlier start date, long winter breaks, built-in remote learning time and a recommended six weeks of intersessional breaks. 
The breaks would be in addition to districts' regularly scheduled time off and would provide flexibility in the event of a COVID-19 resurgence. Included in the guidelines are a number of sample intersessional calendars allowing for COVID-19 interruptions and remediation opportunities. 
students. 


The modified school year could see an increase of up to 30 days, continuing into the summer in an effort to minimize seasonal learning loss. 

Along with intersessional calendars, districts also have the option to implement an instructional calendar with an additional summer learning period or to undergo a complete school year redesign. 

https://communityimpact.com/austin/lake-travis-westlake/houston/2020/05/11/texas-education-agency-says-2020-21-school-year-likely-to-be-disrupted-by-covid-19

 

This is a bit jarring to read, but as I see more and more bands doing drum major, leadership, and show announcements, some as recent as today, leads me to believe band directors are still planning on having a fall season. Perhaps they know something we dont? I could very well be wrong, just trying to hope for the best!

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per UIL today:

UIL is aware of Governor Abbott’s May 18 announcement and is actively working with appropriate state officials to allow schools to begin limited summer strength and conditioning and marching band activities on June 8, 2020. As soon as the details of that plan are finalized, UIL will release them to schools to allow time to plan and prepare for bringing students back to campus for these purposes.

 

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