Update from the Director of the Gold Star Marching Band on June 14, 2020:
A note to current GSMB Members/Prospective Members and Parents:
From GSMB Director Sigurd Johnson.
I wanted to put out a note addressing the upcoming fall semester and season for the Gold Star Marching Band - with what I know at this point in mid-June.
There are plans in place for a number of different eventualities which may or may not affect the band as we head back to Fargo/Moorhead this August.
At this point we don't know exactly what the start of the fall semester will look like - but based on what NDSU is planning/hoping for - students at NDSU (and from what I have heard from Condordia and MSUM as well) will be welcomed back on campus - with a number of safety measures in place due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The GSMB is therefore planning for a full and open start to the semester and season. This means we will be having our full week band camp beginning the weekend of August 15th and 16th and running through the week - until classes begin. We then plan at this point to perform at Bison Football games and participate in our other functions as a marching band. Please see the schedule for camp and the season on this website - and look for more camp details to come soon regarding housing and meals during camp.
It is very important that everyone realizes that the GSMB will first and foremost place the safety and welfare of the band students and staff above everything else this fall. My staff and I have been working on the issues for months now - and we have a number of different scenarios in place.
The plans will include safety precautions such as:
These are some of the plans we either already have in place - or are looking to implement depending on the situation at the time of band camp and the start of the semester.
It is very important that both potential members and current members get in and stay in touch with their student leadership. We all know and understand that even after of a few months of the pandemic - there are so many variables and rapidly changing scenarios.
We as a staff will do our best to provide information to you all whenever we learn something new. Please keep checking email and- band students our private Facebook page- parents can join our GSMB Friends and Family page.
If any of you have questions beyond what I have talked about above - please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org - and I will respond (be a bit patient though please).
We all have our fingers crossed for an open and healthy and awesome fall semester and season with the Gold Star Marching Band!
Take care - stay healthy and look for more information as it becomes available.