September 19, 2021 Local Stories in and Around St. Joseph, Illinois

Heritage marching band modifies season

The Heritage Performing Arts department announced that their marching band season has been canceled.

Band Director Justin Lee said that the majority of the marching band contest in Illinois are canceled or will likely be canceled in the very near future.


However, Lee is still having band camp in August. Changes include no meal being served to increase social distancing.


“We’ll work on parade skills, pep band tunes, fundamentals and more,” he said. “The staff is still coming and we still have much to do, especially since we lost the last fourth of the year.”


Lee said the band could use their marching band performance as a halftime performance during basketball season. If basketball season is postponed it could be used as the core of a concert.


“We will still learn it,” he said.


Lee said there is a chance the band will perform in a few community parades or concerts where they previously would have been at marching band contests.


“That is dependent on a few things still in the works,” he said.


Lee said his primary goal was for seniors to have a positive final year.
“Canceling events doesn’t take away our talent and potential,” he said. ’So it’s time to re-direct and figure out a new way to do all of this.”

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