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UCS bands strike a positive chord for new 2021 season
UCS bands strike a positive chord for new 2021 season
Posted on 08/27/2021
Stevenson band member practices for upcoming season.The UCS bands are getting back together!

After a year of performing at reduced seating events, UCS bands have been practicing for over month at their high schools to prepare for playing again to capacity crowds. 

“This feels great - this feels normal,” said Stevenson Marching Band junior Chloe Zaharof. “We all love being at band. We all enjoy each other’s company; it is nice to get together as a family again.”

At Stevenson, band students are spending nine days this summer practicing for their new season, Rock of Ages. Students are at camp three days a week for 11-hour days. 

“It has felt better from the first day,” Sekich said.

“Pre-Covid, when a student would ask ‘do we have play today?’ my response was always ‘no, we get to play today.’ That really has struck home this year for them. Sometimes you don’t know what you have until it’s gone.” 

Covid is still impacting band practice – their regular camp sites could not open due to staffing difficulties – but the band is rolling with it, Sekich said. Preparations began in May, and parent volunteers have been taking care of camp details while UCS food services is providing breakfast and lunch for the performers. 

More than ever, band camp is a labor of love for performers looking forward to the energy they know come from the families and students cheering the home team under Friday Night Lights. 

“Once you get the experience of band, it is kind of hard to let it go,” said Preston Brockett. “To be able to come back is an honor and a privilege for all of us to meet.”