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 BAND NEWS

Dear band students and parents,

 Welcome back!  We look forward to another great year of making music in the Regina Catholic School Band program.  At this time, our number one priority is the safety of students and staff.  We are evaluating Gr. 6 Band interest and confirming registration for Gr. 7-12 Band.  In the spring, you had indicated that your child will be continuing with the band program for the 2020-2021 school year.  Please contact me if this has changed.

 The band program will look different this year as we follow the guidelines of the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA - Performing Arts Guidelines)  We will meet with elementary students in small cohort groups but will not play instruments at school at this time.  Rather, we will use a blended instructional approach to deliver lessons in person (no instruments) and students will play their instruments at home. More details will be given in the near future.

We strongly encourage our band students to continue with the band program so that we maintain and develop musical skills under the instruction of a band teacher.  This will help prepare everyone for when band returns to full capacity.  We will resume at a pace that will allow students to comfortably review previous concepts and progress with new material.

Thanks to the Regina Catholic School Band Parent Association, students enrolled in band will be given a subscription to SmartMusic for this academic year.  This will be an invaluable tool for students and teachers to help fulfill the objectives of the band curriculum.  The band directors will be providing other methods of program delivery to enhance their musical learning.  There will be a reduced Band Parent Association fee, soon to be confirmed.

The situation with Covid-19 is fluid so the delivery of our band program will continue to evolve as we follow SHA guidelines to ensure safety of students and staff.  We will update families as the year progresses.  If you have any questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We are happy to discuss details about the program so that you are confident with returning to the band program this year.

 Kind Regards

Jeremy Drotar

BEd, BMusEd, MMus Regina Catholic Schools Riffel Area Elementary Band Teacher