With the whole program back in person, those who had marched previously were able to reconnect with their friends, directors and sections, while new members were able to find a family within the group.
“It is good to have the marching band part of our class back,” Kuperman said. “It helps build relationships between the students.”
Despite the social distancing, mask mandates and sideline performances of last year, the band has officially come back into full swing with the help of their band directors’ cautiousness. This gives many a greater understanding and respect as to how the halftime shows contribute to the football games and high school experience.
“I think all of us involved in band have a much greater appreciation this year. We loved it before, but now we know what it’s like not to have it,” Bast said. “My greatest appreciation, however, is for the band directors and how they kept those kids sane last year… they rose to the occasion to keep those kids engaged, give the parents concerts, and give those seniors a senior year.”