After a year and a half of waiting, bands from Indiana University Southeast are back at the Ogle Center.
Now that the IUS has allowed people to return to campus while wearing masks, the performing arts have returned to work.
“As you can imagine, remote working doesn’t work well in music,” said Dr Joanna Goldstein, coordinator of the music department. “Our students and teachers were very eager to come back.”
With safety being their first priority, many new rules have been put in place, Goldstein said. Currently, only one person is allowed in a practice room at a time. And during rehearsals, each wind instrument should have a cover on the end.
“We had to make sure people are safe,” Goldstein said. “We have wipes in every room and in some cases we have glass partitions between teacher and student.
Now that the band is back to performing in person, they are back to performing in person as well.
“The band starts rehearsing every Thursday evening as before, ”said Philip Thomas, director of the concert orchestra.
“Instead of rehearsing in our usual rehearsal room, which can be a strain on the band, we rehearse on the Stem auditorium stage,” he said.
Rehearsing and performing in the Stem Concert Hall allows members to be more dispersed to allow for social distancing. They remove their masks when playing and put them back on when they are not.
“It has been quite overwhelming for all the musicians not to be able to perform together in the last year and a half,” said Thomas. “Our first rehearsal was exciting to say the least, I told the band it was as good for our souls as it was for our chops.”
After being locked in their homes for a year, the members are excited to come back and perform and rehearse.
“We already have the impression that we have been going back to it for a year”, Christian Thomas, class of 2021, said. “We have just picked up the pace of things. “
The quarantine had prevented many members from playing in a band they once loved meeting every Thursday, student musicians told The Horizon.
“I don’t really like to play alone, I much prefer to play in a group of people,” said Christian. In order to rebuild their audience, the band’s program made their shows free. Music Fans can see the orchestra perform for the first time this year on November 12 at 7:30 p.m.