Allow Marching Band performances at Loudoun County Public Schools (Virginia)

Allow Marching Band performances at Loudoun County Public Schools (Virginia)

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Misty Simon started this petition to Virginia Department of Education and

My son is a senior in high school and his greatest joy has been participating in marching band. Football games are brought to life with music and the band members have found personal and group success in performing at competitions. Obviously this past year has greatly changed what is allowed as far as performing music but we are starting to see some easing in restrictions regarding sports, gatherings and amusement. Marching band has been left out of most of these conversations. Even though the football game (and all other sports such as basketball and even wrestling) with players touching each other and literally being in one another’s faces with friends and family sitting and cheering in the stands is allowed to happen, the band is quiet and not allowed to be there.

The band members have been outfitted with special musical masks that cover their nose and even masks for the instruments. Studies have shown it is safe to play outdoors as long as they are distanced and allow a rest period after 30 min of play for air to move through. Each competition performance has always been limited to 15 min.  

Outdoor recreational sports attendance has increased from 250 to 500 people, or 30% capacity, whichever is less. So why can’t a few local bands get together to have their own competition? Why are sports ok and the arts are not? Does LCPS really have this little respect for fine arts? Concerts are occurring in Virginia and Loudoun County. But this? This is inexcusable. What a bitter taste is being left in my senior’s mouth.  I hope this is reconsidered and will be allowed. Move quick, the performance had been slated for April 10.

**Picture taken before COVID-19**

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