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August 2020 Update

See Broward Symphonic Band – Fall 2020 Term.pdf below for the latest information for the Fall 2020 Term


Broward Symphonic Band Update

Dear Band Members:

Thank you to all those that participated in our Zoom Symphonic Band meeting a few weeks ago.  It was great seeing everyone, at least on screen.

With the publication of the Preliminary Results from the Colorado Covid-19 study entitled "Performing Arts Aerosol Study", sponsored by the National Federation of State High School Associations and the College Band Directors National Association, plus many other contributing organizations, we now have some guidance for Wind and Percussion performers.  Even though this was Round one preliminary results for Clarinet, Flute, French Horn, Soprano Singer, Trumpet, we have been presented with valuable talking points and guidance.  There are several other studies going on, but this is the one supported by our own state music associations, so this will be the one we follow for now.

As I explained during our meeting, questions have now been asked and answered concerning "Air Exchange" rates and types of filters for the Gym (offered as a rehearsal site), and the two large rehearsal rooms in Building 4, plus the two large classrooms.  The Gym has been deemed acceptable, with two new Air Handlers, all meeting the required Air Exchange requirements (several times per hour) for the Volume of Air needed to be filtered in that large space.  We are waiting on the answers for Building 4, and specifically our Room 104, plus 109 and two large classrooms.

With this in mind, the current plan is to create several smaller Chamber Wind Ensembles.  These would include:  Flute Choir, Clarinet Choir, Woodwind Choir (includes dbl reeds, flutes, clars, saxs), Brass Choir (multiple combinations available), and Percussion Choir.  We may have to utilize more than one rehearsal room in order to accommodate each ensemble.  We could have multiple ensembles of the same type, but that will all depend on how many end up participating.  In the LONG RUN, we will make this enjoyable and as safe as possible for everyone.

I have attached (below) the Preliminary Guidelines for how we will move forward.  Read this over and let me know if you have any other suggestions.  This is based on the Colorado Study and may change when the 2nd more detailed report comes out in August.  As an FYI, the Orchestra is also using many of these same guidelines.

Once you have had a chance to digest this information, I will be sending out a survey for Ensemble participation.  Please note:  at this point, holding a full band rehearsal is OUT OF THE QUESTION for now.

Many thanks for your interest.  Stay safe and healthy.  Wash those hands and wear your mask.

Neil E. Jenkins

Executive Director

Florida Bandmasters Association



About Us

The Broward Symphonic Band is a COMMUNITY group that meets at Broward College Central Campus in Davie, Florida. Membership is made up of approximately 125 members with ages ranging from teens to eighties.

The Band provides opportunities for our musicians to perform challenging band literature at the highest level for the enrichment of the membership and community.

Rehearsals are held once a week on Monday evenings from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (2 1/2 hours). We perform four concerts between October and May in the beautiful Bailey Concert Hall. Here's our Rehearsal / Concert Schedule.

Membership

Membership is open to all college students and adults, with instrumental experience, wishing to participate in a wind band ensemble.  Auditions may be required for placement within certain sections to achieve a well balanced performing ensemble.

High School students are welcome to join the group, but must commit to all rehearsals and concerts in order to earn Community Service Hours.  An audition (sightreading & scales) will be required of all new members joining the group in the Fall of 2012.  Those high school students currently a member of the Broward Symphonic Band will not be required to audition, except in cases to better place those individuals within certain sections of the ensemble

Neil Jenkins is our dedicated and renowned Musical Director. Read more about Mr. Jenkins here.

The Band is affiliated with Broward College and may be taken as a course for 1 credit hour.

If you are interested in joining the band for college credit, please contact the Music Office on the Broward College Davie Campus, Building 4, Room 130, Tel: 954-201-6840. Course code: MUN 1180.

 
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