Members of the pep band practice social distancing as they rehearse. As of last week, the organization was approved for in-person meetings. There are no performances this semester, but the group is hopeful it will be able to perform in the spring.

 As the university moves toward allowing clubs to meet, pep band is one of the first to be granted in-person practices. 

With the sports season abruptly cut short in May, many people and groups were affected, including Creighton University’s Pep Band. 

This student-led organization has done its best to continue practicing in anticipation for a busy and sports-filled spring semester in whatever ways possible. 

“There is a lot more to consider this year that we’ve never had to think about before, especially on the exec team, but I’m really just grateful that we get to play together again,” senior in the College of Arts and Sciences and pep band librarian Andi Tashma said. 

The band’s executive team has felt that it would be best to use Zoom sessions to share important updates and get to know one another. 

In the first few weeks of the semester, the band’s members sent recordings during their weekly Tuesday meetings in order to practice their pieces. 

As of last week, the band has officially been approved by the university to meet in person. 

“[W]e also accept practice videos every week to supplement going to practice for anyone that can’t make it to practices or just doesn’t feel safe coming to campus,” senior in the College of Arts and Sciences and pep band President Katelyn Buetow said. 

With research on instrument playing during COVID-19 pending, the band has taken all the necessary precautions to avoid possible spread of disease via airborne particles. 

These precautions have included practicing in a group of 25 people for shorter amounts of time, using horn covers, taking instruments home in between practices and even wearing special masks with slits in them provided by Molly Kleist, the pep band treasurer. 

“I think the playable masks are a really useful piece of PPE, and they enable us to practice as per the university’s COVID standards,” says Charlie Maas, a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences and the pep band public relations officer. 

As for the members who borrow school instruments, the executive team decided to let those students use the instruments for the entire semester to avoid cross-contamination. 

The band has had socially distanced practices in the space just before the steps of Morrison Stadium. There, it practiced crowd favorites such as “White and Blue,” the “Hey Song,” and “Horse.” 

Anyone who interested in joining the pep band should reach out to the executive members. The band is looking to welcome new members, regardless of skill-level. 

The band will continue to practice as long as the campus is open, and it is optimistic in performing this upcoming spring semester.

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