Keeping the beat despite the pandemic

The challenges are steep to safely conduct music programs.



August 18, 2020 - 11:01 AM

A student’s mellophone horn is covered to prevent the spread of airborne respiratory droplets at Valley Center High School band camp. Photo by Kansas News Service

VALLEY CENTER, Kansas — On its face, band camp at Valley Center High School looks pretty normal: Lines of students with instruments march up and down a football field while the color guard practices throwing flags into the air.

Band director Jan Verboom drills the horn section on technique.

“Keep the eighth notes together, guys,” he said. “Vertical alignment.”

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