July 15, 2020
Per a recommendation from the Mississippi Bandmasters Association, the MHSAA Executive Committee approved a proposal to cancel Regional Marching Band Evaluations and State Marching Band Evaluations for Fall 2020.
Marching band performances before, during and after high school football games will continue to be permitted with approval of local school officials. Summer band practices can continue until the start of your school year.
Officers from the MBA attended Tuesday’s meeting and addressed the committee regarding the proposal, which consists of 15 school administrators from across the state.
Among the concerns cited by MBA officers:
- having adequate practice time with class schedules likely in flux due to COVID-19 policies for schools
- lack of spring and summer opportunities for fundraising, a major part of supporting and sustaining band activities for an upcoming school year
- significant logistical challenges under COVID-19 guidelines in hosting events that traditionally bring dozens of participating schools to a single site
The Executive Committee did leave open rescheduling both Marching Band events for Spring 2021 if possible.
No other decisions were made Tuesday regarding MHSAA activities.