In less than a month, our band will grace the stage after a yearlong COVID-induced hiatus, and the much-anticipated return is thanks to some innovative face and bell coverings that allow students to safely play their instruments.
The face coverings are specifically made for those who play musical instruments and unlike a traditional face covering that contains no openings across the mouth, these coverings are two overlapping flaps of material that create an opening for the instrument to safely fit within the covering.
Seasoned performers were initially using the face coverings and once they showed that they worked, Collegiate jumped on board and purchased them for their band students.
“It’s a challenge for our beginners and I am extremely proud of them,” said Steven Thorne, Collegiate’s band director; however, our newest players have adapted well to the face coverings.
Airing on the side of caution, Collegiate also is requiring students to use bell coverings on their instruments, which act as “masks” for the instruments. They are a double-layered polyester/spandex fabric that stretches over the bell of the instrument and prohibits particles from escaping from the ends of the instruments when played.
Come Dec. 15, our band, strings and chorus students will grace the Hackney Theater stage for their first concert in a year and we’re excited to see them perform.