With CDC tips altering, the Lehigh Lightning Band has been granted permission to have a efficiency subsequent month contained in the Lehigh Senior Excessive College auditorium for a 90-minute live performance.
The efficiency will happen from 7 to eight:30 p.m. Friday, Could 7. Tickets are $8 and will be bought by way of Go Fan, which might be setup quickly.
“We can’t promote tickets on the door, however folks will have the ability to scan a barcode for Go Fan and pay on-line on the door,” Band Director Jay Parales mentioned.
The efficiency will embrace the live performance band, wind ensemble, jazz band, woodwind, brass and percussion ensemble, colour guard and string orchestra.
Parales mentioned since COVID-19 the whole lot has come to a halt for the Lehigh Lightning Band — the whole lot his college students love has been cancelled.
“In contrast to sports activities, now we have not been allowed to carry out. Once we rehearse inside, or out, we should keep 6 ft aside. We’re solely allowed to play for half-hour at a time, then now we have to attend half-hour earlier than we are able to play once more,” he mentioned, which is predicated on CDC tips for bands. “We will need to have covers on all of the bells of our devices to cease the water particles from popping out of our devices, this makes it very exhausting to play in tune, and we should put on specifically designed masks that cowl our mouths, however nonetheless permits the scholars to play their devices.”
Thankfully, Parales mentioned the varsity district has been very supportive in buying the masks and covers for the bands, center and excessive.
An outdoor live performance was held in December within the college courtyard, which was achieved by way of Zoom and recorded as a result of an viewers was not allowed.
“We Zoomed the efficiency and recorded it so dad and mom may watch. Throughout soccer season, I used to be solely allowed to have 50 college students performing, we needed to sit 6 ft aside and sit in the long run zones,” Parales mentioned.
Parales has been the band director for the Lehigh Lightning Band because the college opened in 1994. He teaches the band and orchestra at Lehigh Senior Excessive College. Presently there are 76 members of the band starting from ninth to twelfth grade college students who play the flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto, baritone and tenor saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba and percussion.
There’s additionally a colour guard within the band the place college students spin flags and rifle, choreographed to the music the band is taking part in.
“The colour guard has two seasons to their 12 months. One with the marching band and one indoor,” he mentioned. “They study a routine to music and carry out within the gymnasium.”
The band members carry out for audiences throughout central and south Florida and take part within the Florida Bandmasters Affiliation District Music Efficiency Evaluation. Parales mentioned if and once they obtain a “superior” ranking, they qualify for state analysis.
Parales mentioned they’re at present getting data out to the center college band members to share details about alternatives inside the highschool band.
“In the event that they be part of the highschool band, they may make 76 on the spot pals who’ve the identical curiosity and love for music,” he mentioned. “They are going to get to carry out in any respect the soccer video games, parades and context.”
Parales mentioned Lehigh Senior hosts the biggest marching band competitors in Southwest Florida, which is known as the Lightning Event of Bands.
“It was cancelled this 12 months due to COVID, nevertheless it has been authorized for Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021. Bands from throughout Florida come right here to compete and attempt to qualify for the Florida Marching Band Coalition State Marching Band Championship held in Daytona Seaside in November,” he mentioned.
Band members are already taking part in for subsequent 12 months, with drum main and part chief auditions happening over the subsequent two weeks. On April 23 and April 24, they may have colour guard and drumline auditions, in addition to marching band camp for the incoming freshmen.
“We’re assured, hopeful, that subsequent 12 months might be extra again to regular for the band and our college students. They want this. They miss being with the band pals and training and performing collectively,” he mentioned.
The band holds fundraisers all year long so college students can elevate cash wanted to pay for his or her band charges, which incorporates uniform dry cleansing, band shirt, marching footwear and gloves. The Band Dad and mom Affiliation raises cash to assist pay for things like transportation, marching band instructors that assist Parales, music and present design.
“Proper now we’re promoting cookie dough. Any wishing to assist assist us can contact me at Jaydp@leeschools.net,” Parales mentioned.