Trojan News: WHS band takes on challenges during hybrid learning

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Editor’s note: Since this story was written, District 518 has moved to a distance learning model.

WORTHINGTON ― The Worthington High School Marching Band has made big changes in its 2020 season due to hybrid learning and COVID-19.

Zach Brandt explained how hybrid learning has slowed down some parts of his job as the band assistant.

“I suppose not having all of the students in the room everyday makes some parts of my job a little slower ― like trying to get new uniform pieces out and all that. That kind of takes a little longer, and little more planning. Otherwise, this is not too big of a change for my position (compared to last year).”

He also explained the challenges: “ I think hybrid learning/distance learning has a really big impact on the band, on any large group activity, where you can’t meet as a large group. All of a sudden it becomes very difficult to do what you set out to do.”


The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged everyone. Some challenges aren’t always expected. Jeff Ludes, a senior, as well as a commander of the band, explained how his area in the band has been affected. With having quite an important role in the band, he is constantly calling out commands, but his job with this has become difficult by constantly wearing a mask.

“With a mask on, I really have to almost yell out my commands because the mask really limits how much sound comes through, so I really have to yell,” he said.

The whole band has had to learn to adapt to these new changes.

Freshman and color guard member Poe Poe is also a member that has not only had to adapt to these changes as well but is also a new member of the WHS band. Poe explained how she has adapted to the band as well as the challenges and changes the pandemic has also brought.

“I thought it was going to be very stressful, but it was not stressful at all,” she said. “I felt safe, I asked questions, I felt comfortable.”

She also added that it’s been a bit harder to learn the color guard routines because she’s not around all of her section and she doesn’t know what’s changed and what’s not changed.

The WHS Band has been working hard on their “Takin It to the Streets” show. A lot has changed due to hybrid learning and COVID-19 but student attitudes have been positive, and they’ve been motivated. After many band parade and event cancellations, the band had a family show at 7:45 p.m. on Oct. 30 on Trojan Field for their Lights Out! show. Social distancing and masks were required. Band members were really excited that they had the opportunity to do something. so they could finally represent their band, school and community.

The WHS band ended their season very strong and with lots of spirit.

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