We are living in very unique times and as I write this on June 1, so much is still up in the air as far as the fall school and marching band situations. The uncertainty of how to plan for the season has been the most difficult aspect for directors, designers and staff. The unknowns include summer rehearsals, band camp, fall travel and reduced funding from schools and boosters, many of which lost spring and summer fund raisers. This quickly leads to questions about staff, equipment, prop and show design funding.
Most directors are planning for several options starting with Option 1 – full speed ahead as always. The last option is often having marching band in a much more diminished role from normal. Perhaps those that compete will not be able to do so. Most likely, different areas of the country and perhaps within a state may have very different scenarios. Decisions from school and government administration will probably come sometime in June or July. Flexibility will be the key as the situation may change once marching band begins and a change of options may be required.