The 13th Coventry Scout Band have been holding regular Zoom practices for some time, however on the 13th of April they were finally able to meet up in person again! Coventry are using PPE such as bell covers for brass instruments, and limiting the number of participants, to ensure that they can rehearse indoors safely.
Burgess Hill Marching Youth have been counting down the days until they are allowed to rehearse in person again - that day came on the 22nd April! Rehearsing in small groups outside and maintaining covid-safe measures (social distancing, face masks and temperature checks), we're sure their members had a blast!
Returning to rehearsal on the 17th April, Sheffield-based Concord AllStars are back rehearsing in limited-sized groups indoors. They've also been able to present their certificates from our I&E competition in November - it was worth the wait!
Lanesfield BB/GB are holding their rehearsals over multiple nights a week in order to split the sections and maintain social distancing - the guard and brass sections returned to rehearsals outdoors on the 31st March and 1st April, and the percussion section returned to rehearsals indoors on the 14th April. Lanesfield have also taken this opportunity to present the certificates earned by their members in last November's I&E competition.
Based in Northampton, Liberty have been pretty consistent with their rehearsals throughout the pandemic. As a youth service they have been allowed to meet up face to face and continue to work on their show and allow the young people of their band to have a good time! Liberty are looking forward to performing for you all when it is safe to do so.
Revolution, based in Queensbury, haven't had the best of luck when it comes to rehearsals. They had to cancel their first rehearsal back (11th April) as it was snowing(!!) and so were only able to return to rehearsal on the 25th. They did however have lots of smiling faces afterwards and members happy to be back.
Stafford Brigades returned to rehearsal on Monday 19th April and even managed to have a new member join them! Whilst they had been holding virtual rehearsals over the lockdown, it was great to see everyone in person for the first time in a while and they can't wait for the next rehearsal!
The banding world seems to slowly be turning a corner now and coming back to life. We are excited to see what our member bands have gotten up to over lockdown and can't wait to hear them all perform, but first and foremost we hope they stay safe in their return to rehearsals.