WSU’s Annual High School Band Day
A note from the WSU Directors of Bands
During this era of COVID-19, the only constant in music education has been the need for flexibility and understanding from teachers, students, parents, administrations, and everyone involved in music making. We cannot yet say what August will look like in our schools and music rooms, but we know that it will be quite a while before we ever return to anything we can consider normal. As your schools and programs are struggling to find the best way to serve your students and communities safely, so too are the faculty and administrators at Washington State University.
The opportunity to interact closely with instrumental teachers and students from all around the region is a highlight of each semester here at WSU and so it is with a very heavy heart that we must formally announce the cancellation of our Orchestra Festival, CMB Band Day, and WSU Marching Band Championships. We can see no scenario where we could host hundreds or thousands of students at our facilities while ensuring the safety of them, their teachers and families, and the WSU faculty involved. Although we will continue to explore virtual ways to work with you and your students, we look forward to continuing these great festivals in 2021.
Please continue to let us know how we can serve your programs, and keep us informed as to the different ways you’re able to teach music within the guidelines set forth by your schools and districts. During this difficult time, we would love to be able to share best practices with other educators as well as our future music teachers currently studying.
We wish you, your families, and your students a healthy summer and safe return to school.
Dr. Danh Pham, Orchestra Conductor and Director of Bands
Dr. Troy Bennefield, Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands
Band day is an event for high school students to participate in a halftime show with the Cougar Marching Band, and get the experience of being in a Pac-12 Marching Band. Directors can bring large groups, or individuals can register. Having received music in late September, participants will rehearse Saturday with the CMB staff and with the marching band, followed by lunch with the full group. Once kickoff time is set by the TV Networks, a schedule will be e-mailed to participants