South Tama Trojan band marches on

The STC Trojan Marching Band is playing at home games this season it just looks a little different due to Covid-19 constrictions. Allison Graham/News Chronicle

Things are different but the STC Trojan Marching Band has found a way to carry on with Friday night performances at home football games.

“Band will still go on it will just look different,” said Mike Carnahan

The high school band is led by director Mike Carnahan and the middle school band is led by Teresa Smith.

Band has had to make a lot of adjustments due to the nature of the activity.

They are taking extra precautions because these are activities that project one’s breath and voice in a way that could spread respiratory droplets.

“We are doing everything we can to keep students safe and healthy,” Carnahan said.

Due to the hybrid set up, the band is actually split into four separate groups.

So they are switching up focus from one large group band such as concert band or jazz band to music appreciation education. They will also be working in ensemble groups which are smaller and individual musicianship.

Carnahan said they will be using a new curriculum called Music First.

At the middle school students are currently all attending school virtually due to damage sustained at the building from the August 10 derecho.

Smith is doing lessons with her students.

Fifth grade band is on hold for the year as they are currently located at the STC Elementary.

You can catch the STC Marching Band playing some classic pep band tunes at home games on Friday evenings.