There will not be any football halftime this fall, but the Evanston Township High School marching band is getting ready to perform, in a season where making a question mark on the field might be the only reasonable formation.

Four days of band camp for the marching Wildkits were supposed to begin today at a college out of town. But the coronavirus pandemic cancelled that. So band members and their leaders dusted off the drums, woodwinds, and brass this morning, and started practicing on the lawn in front of the high school.

High school football has been postponed until the spring, so it’s unclear exactly what kind of shows, if any, the marching band will be giving in the upcoming semester. Social distancing will make formations a challenge, and with school starting remotely, it does not appear likely that anything can take place inside the school.

We have asked ETHS about those issues, but have not heard back. Another question as well, are there any concerns about droplets being expelled from wind instruments? Droplet transmission is one potential way of spreading coronavirus.

Band members observed today appeared to be social distancing in their respective groups, which were spread out by section (percussion, woodwinds, brass) around the outside of the school.

Jeff Hirsh joined the Evanston Now reporting team in 2020 after a 40-year award-winning career as a broadcast journalist in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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