When Iowa’s soccer season was canceled on Aug. 11, the loss not solely impacted the crew, but additionally the Hawkeye Marching Band. Freshman band members have been tasked with adjusting to the transition to collegiate degree band, together with COVID-19 restrictions.
When the Huge Ten convention introduced there wouldn’t be a fall 2020 soccer season, Hawkeye followers had been devastated. Not solely did the crew lose out on September video games, the Hawkeye Marching Band misplaced theirs as properly. After this announcement, nonetheless, the band shortly shifted gears and the change has not suspended the marching band’s 140-year custom of taking the sector to play for its college.
After holding digital auditions over the summer season, the Hawkeye Marching Band welcomed a contemporary crew of latest first-year members to its 260-member ranks. Because the starting of the varsity 12 months, the band has been training new music. The upperclassmen taught the first-year members the standard struggle songs.
The band will launch its recorded performances via what would have been the often scheduled fall soccer season, as a part of a collection titled “Digital Recreation Days.” The band launched pregame and halftime efficiency music on social media Sept 12.
For freshman alto saxophone participant Micah Williams, making it into the marching band was a dream come true. The web audition format could have had its challenges, Williams stated, however nothing was going to cease her from reaching her objective.
“As soon as I noticed the e-mail [about making it into the marching band], I used to be so ecstatic,” Williams stated. “I simply couldn’t wait to start out training and making new associates who love music as a lot as I do.”
Williams stated the band’s freshmen had been heartbroken after they came upon the Hawkeye’s soccer season was waylaid, however in addition they weren’t shocked.
Williams stated she was personally saddened that she could not get to be taught the enduring excessive step throughout the sector or have that first likelihood to play in entrance of 70,000 spectators. It was one thing all freshmen stay up for, she stated, however she is aware of they’ll have alternatives to partake in such traditions sooner or later.
Freshman clarinet participant Megan Uden grew up in Coralville and has attended Iowa Hawkeye soccer video games for so long as she will keep in mind. She loves listening to the band’s pre-game efficiency, Uden stated. Earlier than coming to Iowa, she couldn’t look ahead to the day she would play on the soccer subject.
“I’ll positively miss our fall soccer season,” she stated. “The marching band was one of many most important explanation why I made a decision to return to Iowa. I actually hope we are able to do an in-person efficiency someplace, even when it isn’t at Kinnick simply but.”
Kenna Devore participated in colour guard in highschool, and lately switched to taking part in piccolo. The musician practiced on-line all summer season main as much as auditions and was ecstatic to seek out out she was going to be taking part in with the band in the course of the soccer video games.
“It’s unhappy that each one of my high-school associates are nonetheless having their marching season, and so are my associates at Iowa State,” Devore stated. “I want we nonetheless had ours however I respect the choice [because] it’s holding everybody protected.”
The Hawkeye Marching Band has made big diversifications to its regular practices however continues to be dedicated to giving its members reminiscences and alternatives, stated sousaphone participant Clayton Garmon. The band, which usually consists of 260 members, now practices in 4 smaller pep bands on alternating days.
Garmon anticipated the season to be completely different all-around, particularly due to the unknown rehearsal and efficiency schedule. From the transition of highschool to school band, Garmon stated he may inform everybody needed to be there.
“The band is such an important environment regardless of all the diversifications they’ve needed to make,” Garmon stated.
As a result of COVID-19 pandemic, the band is socially distanced outdoors and isn’t capable of totally march in several formations. When college students like Garmon take to the sector for his or her rehearsal time, they’re anticipated to wipe down their devices with disinfectant and put on instrument-specific masks that also enable them to play.
After they’re not performing, gamers are required to put on an extra masks over their instrument-specific masks. Performers take day by day surveys concerning potential exposures to COVID-19.
The band’s sheet music has additionally gone paperless. When Williams arrives at rehearsal, she brings up her music on a Bluetooth-activated app referred to as FlipFolder, which she props up on a stand on her saxophone. Hawkeye Marching Band Director Eric Bush can management every member’s telephones to focus on particular measures and choose the track.
Freshman baritone participant Gillian Sprecher stated she appreciates the prospect to nonetheless follow with the band and create connections along with her fellow band members. With no soccer season, she felt unhappy to overlook out on the traditions, figuring out that it wouldn’t be the identical expertise. Sprecher stated she’s actually liked what the band has executed this season, nonetheless.
“I need to thank all of our TA’s, the work crew and Dr. Bush for letting us march this 12 months,” Sprecher stated. “Though it isn’t the identical, this has been one in every of my favourite experiences.”