Are your bands starting up?

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Re: Are your bands starting up?

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Doc wrote:
humBell wrote:Tonight's rehearsal is postponed to Thursday to catch upper 80s and less humidity than today (upper 90s)

If it isn't one thing, it's another...
Outside rehearsals?

In the northeast no less???

Anytime you want to trade weather, I'm game. :wink:
Man, if weather could be traded...

I'd have one heck of a tornado collection!

Probably don't have enough room (or the drainage) for hurricanes.
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Re: Are your bands starting up?

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Some are, some are not. Some of the smaller local groups have held outdoor only rehearsals and outdoor only concerts, which has worked. However as the weather turns colder, or when it rains, that is not an option.

There's also the issue of practice space. Many groups rehearse in public facilities like schools and civic centers, which are still closed.
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Re: Are your bands starting up?

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Mine offiically started back yesterday, but I was still out on vacation.

To be perfectly honest i'm a bit torn about attending. The median age group is certainly a 'risk factor'. Personally I am in my 30s, healthy, etc. While I have taken things fairly serious I am out'n'about.

I am tempted to sit out the first few to see if the restart of community bands causes any spikes/spread which subsequently stops them again.. I respect everyone's *decision* to go, but personally I am not comfortable attending a group event with so many people over the age of 60+.
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dopey wrote:To be perfectly honest i'm a bit torn about attending. The median age group is certainly a 'risk factor'. Personally I am in my 30s, healthy, etc. While I have taken things fairly serious I am out'n'about.

I am tempted to sit out the first few to see if the restart of community bands causes any spikes/spread which subsequently stops them again.. I respect everyone's *decision* to go, but personally I am not comfortable attending a group event with so many people over the age of 60+.
I am hitting 42, and am "relatively" healthy, with a bit of high blood pressure. However I am MUCH more worried about the other members, as I am definitely one of the younger members of the group. Many are retired or close to that age, and a lot have health conditions. While I am fairly confident if I got sick I would probably pull through, it still can be quite serious, and for many of the members it could be deadly.

Never an easy choice. If it was all strings, it would be an easier choice.
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Re: Are your bands starting up?

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Exactly my thoughts tbonesullivan! It's an interesting dilemma. I am not worried about myself, but I can't imagine the guilt if I went played with them one night and woke up the next with a sore throat -- only to hear of other members getting ill.

Yet each of those members are, ofcourse, making their own decision to go. That, to me, would not reduce my guilt if something bad happened tho.

My entire company on the other hand (6k+ people) is WFH rest of the year. I struggle how we can make that decision for our company, yet a community brass band should start gathering again . :-/
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I don't believe in the "science" of what we've been presented so far because of wildly differing viewpoints on what is and what is not (and that's an opinion, you're welcome to disagree) so I am ready to go back at any time personally and am not afraid nor in the most vulnerable age groups. Hopefully once "a" or "the" vaccine comes out it will ease the fear for some of the rest of you so we can all get back to normal and get back to life.
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Nope. Maybe February ....
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dopey wrote:Mine offiically started back yesterday, but I was still out on vacation.

To be perfectly honest i'm a bit torn about attending. The median age group is certainly a 'risk factor'. Personally I am in my 30s, healthy, etc. While I have taken things fairly serious I am out'n'about.

I am tempted to sit out the first few to see if the restart of community bands causes any spikes/spread which subsequently stops them again.. I respect everyone's *decision* to go, but personally I am not comfortable attending a group event with so many people over the age of 60+.
There has been a lot of choirs how had a lot of members getting sick all around the world but I've heard anything like that for bands yet.
There has been some research showing that singers (and possibly flute players) do spread a lot more virus, in the Netherlands and Belgium bands started rehearsing 2 and one month ago under strict rules and there hasn't been an local outbreak yet.
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Republic, Mo Community Band (west suburb of Springfield, Mo) is starting back up Thursday, June 3. We got word last week after months of discussions as to the virus situation. I practiced for 30 minutes night before last to start getting ready for rehearsals. Ohhhhh, am I out of shape!
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Our brass band started up again yesterday. Public school bands hadn't needed to even distance or wear masks for the last month or so of the semester. The bigger issue for us is going to be performance venues.
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My orchestra, big band and college groups haven't started back yet, but I'm in two trombone quartets, one has been playing again for a couple months, and the other starts tomorrow. So I'm easing back into it. No chance of burning out quickly. Maybe I'll be more selective about where I play with this fresh start. I'd love to do more big church gigs...
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I play in several community bands. Two, that play mostly in assisted living facilities, have not started up and I don't expect anything until fall (aka September). I play in a city band that has played continuously each summer for 123 years. Last year, we did not play. We start practice in mid June and will play 9 concerts (mostly Thursday nights) in an outdoor band shell in July and August. I suspect we will play a lot of marches and easy show tunes because most haven't kept up this lip for over a year. It will be good to be back!!!
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