What Is The Plan For College Marching Bands During A COVID-19 Era?

Matthew Stevens

“In looking at all the data, we’ve got to start making assessments working with our health officials, medical professionals on something that is safe."

Nearly five months after all sports immediately stopped because of a generationally unique virus and worldwide health epidemic, college marching bands are still trying to figure out if they can safely perform. In a lot of ways, the search and decisions being made by university athletics personnel and conference officials across the country leaves the situation with marching bands not much different than any other fall season sporting activity, such as Power 5 Conference and FBS football.

A scientific study with multiple tentacles in the music industry started at the University of Colorado and the University of Maryland has begun to produce preliminary results on whether it is safe to play a wind-based instrument outdoors.

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