Latest News for the Week of March 9th – March 15th, 2020

3/12/2020: Major Updates For This Week. Below are Official Announcements

From Director Carney
As you may have seen, we are currently slated to move to eLearning beginning tomorrow. Governor Holcomb just announced some measures that may change that as well, so be on the lookout for any updates. Band students, please come to the HS tomorrow between 8 and 10 to get your instrument if you have not been taking it home like I requested you start doing on Monday in preparation for just this type of change.

Winter Groups Community Performances
At this time, all planned activities for guard and percussion are canceled. Please be on the lookout for further information from the district.
Thank you for all your work this season. I’m excited to watch our programs continue to grow in the future!

IHSCGA Statement
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, IHSCGA has made the difficult decision to suspend the remainder of the season, effective immediately. This decision was made in conjunction with the IHSCGA executive board, The Indiana Percussion Association, and Winter Guard International. We are extremely disappointed to not be able to end our season as intended. We wish to thank all of our member groups for an outstanding winter. Thousands of students gave memorable performances, and we are confident that the 2021 season will be one to remember.

IPA Statement
Last night, after much consideration, the Indiana Percussion Association Board of Directors has decided it is best for our students, staff members, and fans to cancel the remainder of the 2020 season. This decision was reached through collaboration with IHSCGA, WGI and ISSMA. We will be in contact with Unit Directors soon with further details and information.

ISSMA Statement
The Indiana State School Music Association is scheduled to sponsor student music festivals in the next few weeks with over 35,000 students from over 300 schools participating at more than 30 different school facilities throughout the state. After consultation with the Indiana State Department of Health, it has been decided by the ISSMA Executive Committee that to help protect students, schools, and communities from the spread of the COVID-19/Coronavirus, all ISSMA sponsored music events will be canceled through April 11th. This would include all Junior/Middle/Elementary Concert Organization Festivals and the ISSMA State Show Choir and Jazz Finals.

In keeping with the ISSMA mission to provide educationally evaluated music performance opportunities, a process is being developed to allow directors of registered Junior/Middle/Elementary Ensembles to submit video recordings for evaluation. Additional information concerning this process will be sent to directors as soon as possible.

The ISSMA Executive Committee acknowledges the disappointment that may be felt by students, directors, family members and supporters of the outstanding Show Choirs and Jazz Ensembles who were expecting to have the opportunity to share their talents at the ISSMA State Show Choir and Jazz Finals. After careful consideration of all options, and in accordance with ISSMA’s responsibility to provide a safe and respectful environment at all ISSMA events, the ISSMA Executive Committee determined that a viable alternative to cancellation was not possible.