The difficulties of the marching season won’t stop Central’s band members. Hit hard by Covid since the beginning of the school year, this season’s been a rollercoaster.
Members of the band recall this year having a sense of normalcy compared to last year, but it is still not the best. “The band is back playing pep tunes in the stands on Friday nights and repping our red and black in the breezeway during pep rallies,” said senior Jake Ensor. They also have the opportunity to attend competitions this year, which is always a really enjoyable experience. They have competed in two so far this season and have taken home 2nd and 3rd place!
Practices had a different feeling with so many people in and out with Covid making it hard to make progress. Some lucky members who attended most practices, expressed frustration having to relearn parts over and over again and make little progress.
As far as the band getting Covid, the experience has been far from exceptional. In the past couple months, a significant number of students were at home, either from testing positive with the virus or simply being exposed. Even their director had to stay home an entire week after a positive test. It wasn’t a problem though; they had some great leadership that helped rehearsals and games stay afloat.
Some unfortunate setbacks affected the season. One being Central going virtual for a week. During the virtual week, they could not practice, and that week’s football game was cancelled. Another step back was they were unable to perform during halftime at the Fulton vs. Central game because of high numbers of students out with Covid.
Despite it all, they are excited to finish the season strong! The band performs in the breeze way every game day morning from 7:45-8:15 a.m. They also perform at all football games. Come out and support the band, go bobcats!