Returning to school looks quite different this fall. There are still many unknowns regarding when we will be able to return to playing our instruments in the classroom. In the coming weeks and months, we hope to have a clearer sense on the protocals necessary to return to in-person music making at Mt. Spokane High School. Until then, we appreciate your patience and understanding during these challenging times. For further information regarding the Mead School District's Reopening Plan for the 2020-2021 school year, CLICK HERE.
Mt. Spokane Band 2020-2021 Program Updates
Marching Band 2020: AS YOU KNOW, OUR STUDENTS’ HEALTH AND SAFETY ARE OUR TOP PRIORITY. AFTER HOURS OF THOUGHTFUL DISCUSSION WITH AREA BAND DIRECTORS, AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH RECENT GUIDELINES SET FORTH BY THE STATE OF WASHINGTON AND WIAA, ALL MARCHING BAND ACTIVITIES SCHEDULED for the fall of 2020 ARE OFFICIALLY CANCELED. FURTHERMORE, THE MOVEMENT OF FOOTBALL TO THE SPRING AND THE CANCELATION OF CAVALCADE OF BANDS, THE WSU MARCHING BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS, Harvest festival of bands, AND THE LIKELY CANCELATION OF OTHER FESTIVALS STATEWIDE MEAN THAT OUR PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES HAVE BEEN DRASTICALLY REDUCED.
THERE ARE STILL MANY UNKNOWNS RELATED TO THE START OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. THERE IS STILL DATA BEING COLLECTED AND DECISIONS ARE STILL PENDING AT THE STATE AND DISTRICT LEVELS ABOUT THOSE UNKNOWNS. THAT BEING SAID, WE HAVE BEEN IN COMMUNICATION WITH SCHOOL AND DISTRICT ADMINISTRATORS REGARDING THE VIABILITY OF SOME KIND OF MARCHING BAND EXPERIENCE THIS FALL. WHILE WE AWAIT THEIR OFFICIAL DECISION AND CONTINUE TO CONSIDER ALTERNATIVE PLANS TO SOMEHOW INCLUDE MARCHING ARTS IN OUR 2020-2021 BAND EXPERIENCE, IT SEEMS HIGHLY UNLIKELY THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO OFFER A TRADITIONAL MARCHING BAND EXPERIENCE DURING THE FALL OF THIS SCHOOL YEAR.
THIS NEWS IS SAD FOR ALL OF US INVOLVED IN THE MARCHING ARTS IN SPOKANE AND ACROSS THE STATE. WE ASK THAT YOU CONTINUE TO BE PATIENT AS WE CONTINUE TO DEVELOP SAFE AND MEANINGFUL MUSIC EXPERIENCES IN THE WORLD OF COVID-19.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELVES, AND STAY TUNED FOR FUTURE ANNOUNCEMENTS.
CRAFT FAIR 2020 - POSTPONED UNTIl 2021 To all of our great vendors, staff, parents and friends,
With School just getting started, and Washington not out of Phase 2, we have no choice but to cancel the fall 2020 Craft Fair. We held out as long as we could to make it happen, but it just does not seem to be in the cards for this year. We are, however, looking into holding a craft fair in Spring 2021, and then proceed with our normal fall show again during October 2021. For all of the vendors that did mail in your app, you will be getting a letter and your refund in the mail shortly. We hope everyone stays healthly and safe during this time we are all in! Thank you again for being the Great Vendors that you are! - Jeanne Bartle
Pep band - Check back soon for an official update regarding Basketball Pep Band for the upcoming school year.
Jazz Ensembles - CHECK BACK SOON FOR further guidance REGARDING jazz ensembles FOR THE UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR.