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Coronavirus pandemic not stopping high school bands

Published: Jun. 23, 2020 at 12:14 AM EDT
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CORBIN, Ky. (WYMT) - Like every summer the music is still ringing out through Corbin.

“Our summer rehearsals are very important because our competition season starts in September so all of our cleaning and learning the show comes in the summer.,” said freshman, Zada Henderson.

Like high school athletic teams, marching bands are back at work.

“This summer with having groups of 10 or less you have to make plans a little bit differently and teach a little bit differently,” said Corbin’s Band Director of 15 years Jimmy Cornn. “The kids are just really happy to be here and I’m just glad we’re getting to move forward right now.”

Band members are used to the distance during the show, playing their own instruments and spinning their own flags, but it’s different during rehearsals.

“In marching band, we can be very in each other’s personal spaces,” said Cornn. “We adjust a child shoulders or visual alignment and so that’s been the hardest thing from and instructing standpoint is to make sure I’m keeping that distance with the kids.”

Inside, the color guard has additional equipment

“Using masks is definitely harder because counts and talking get muffled. May not carry out as well so we can’t exactly help the newbies when it comes to counts.,” said junior Sierra Carter.

Teams all across the mountains are working hard getting ready for the start of the season, whenever that might be.

“I’m just gonna try my best on whatever competitions we do have an even if it’s just a few I still think I’m going to have a lot of fun with the people I’m around,” said junior Katrina Risner.

“I just want to push forward and if it’s pulled out from under us later is pulled out from under us,” said Cornn.

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