COVID-19 News & Updates

To prioritize a healthy rehearsal culture, the Tampa Bay Pride Band and Symphonic Winds have the following tentative requirements, procedures, and suggestions. 

  • Social distancing of six feet will be observed whenever possible. The rehearsal space will be organized to prioritize social distancing.  
  • Masks will be worn at all social times before, during, and after rehearsal. 
  • Temperatures will be checked before rehearsal, and if above 101°F, you will be asked to leave. 
  • All socializing will take place outside the rehearsal space before or after a rehearsal in a healthy, responsible way. 
  • Wash your hands at the hand sanitizer station and wipe down and sanitize any common surfaces you touch before and after rehearsal, such as chairs or music stands, before and after rehearsal.
    • CDC says use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, put enough product to cover all surfaces, rub hands together around 20 seconds, and do not rinse or wipe off the hand sanitizer before it’s dry. See the resources below for more information. 
  • Print out your own sheet music before rehearsal. We will not provide music for you unless you email our librarian to make healthy arrangements ahead of time.  
    • MusicLibrary@tampabayprideband.com 
  • All financial transactions will be online unless you email our treasurer to make healthy arrangements ahead of time.  
    • Treasurer@tampabayprideband.com 
  • Stay in your rehearsal area, and plan to go directly to and from your seat. In the rehearsal space, chairs will be spaced apart to facilitate the most feasible social distancing. 
  • The water fountain is not advised, so consider bringing your own water bottle. 
  • Store cases in your designated social distancing radius. Extra personal items should be left outside the rehearsal room whenever possible. 
  • Rehearsal starting times, breaks, and ending times will be modified to improve air quality. 
  • Contact the Board President as soon as you find out you have potentially been exposed to the virus, begin experiencing symptoms, or test positive. 
    • President@tampabayprideband.com 
    • (813) 325-3192 

 

Required Materials: 

  • Bring your own mask. 
    • Percussionists always wear a typical cloth or surgical mask over the mouth and nose. 
    • Flutists always wear a typical cloth or surgical mask over the mouth and nose, and the head joint should slide into the mask when playing. 
    • All other wind players always wear a modified cloth mask over the mouth and nose with a specific opening for the mouthpiece/reed. See the resources below for instructions. 
  • Bring your own music rehearsal supplies. 
    • Do not share instruments. 
    • Do not share instrument supplies (sticks, reeds, mouthpiece, valve oil, etc.). 
    • Avoid sharing music stands, sheet music, and pencils. 
  • Bring your own water key or “spit valve” catcher, brass players 
    • Soak up all liquids from your water key with a preferably disposable absorbent material. 
      • puppy pad for potty training (best option – plastic lining protects the floor) 
      • paper towels 
      • rag or cloth 
    • Buzz into your mouthpiece prior to rehearsal outside of the rehearsal room, such as in your car. If you choose to buzz in the rehearsal room, you must bring a balloon to cover the shank of your mouthpiece. 

Suggestions: 

  • Make your own instrument bags for woodwinds. 
  • Use bell covers for brass instruments. 
  • Bring your own music stand, instrument stand, and chair. 
  • Take a coronavirus test or an antibody test early enough to get results before your first in-person rehearsal if possible. 

Resources: 

Making masks and instrument PPE: 

    • CDC instructions for making your own typical cloth mask 
    • Instructions for making your own modified mask design (for everyone except flute/percussion) 
    • Instructions for two modified mask designs (for everyone except flute/percussion), woodwind bags, and brass bell covers 
    • Instructions for woodwind bags 

 

Sanitation recommendations: 

    • CDC guidance about handwashing 
    • NAfME guidance about instrument cleaning 
    • Yamaha Instrument Disinfection Guide for winds and strings