by Micah De Haanfirstname.lastname@example.org
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pella Christian marching band has been hard at work preparing for this year’s performances.
Practices began with marching band camp from August 3rd through the 7th. Students worked on the fundamentals of marching, as well as participated in some fun games and competitions. “Band camp was definitely needed and I could tell a huge improvement by the end of the week,” says senior Katherine Weilard.
As with most things, the band has had to make a few changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students must wear instrument masks while playing inside, and they have to keep a bell covering on their instruments at all times. They also are no longer allowed to share stands or music, and they must refrain from playing for more than thirty minutes at a time.
“I think the band has adjusted well, complaining seems pretty rare and the band is concentrated on performing well,” says band director Autumn Bennett.
This year the band will be performing songs from the Pirates of the Caribbean. “I really like this year’s theme, I think it’s super fun,” says sophomore Cara Veenstra.
Performances will be held at the halftimes of the September 18th and October 9th football games. There will also be an extra performance due to the shortened football season, the date of which has yet to be determined.