Framingham High Cancels Marching Band Camp; Fall Rehearsals

FRAMINGHAM – Band camp will not happen this year for Framingham High students.

It is another casualty of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We had hoped to run our band camp at Walsh this year. We were working very closely with Buildings and Grounds, Safety and Security, and the Office of Fine and Performing Arts to make this happen for the kids. Our proposal was approved by Dr. Tremblay and Dr. Wong of the Framingham Board of Health,” wrote Donna Wresinski, the Framingham Public Schools Director for Fine & Performing Arts last night, July 28.

“Since that time, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released its Guiding Document for arts education. The New England Scholastic Band Association (NESBA) cancelled the Marching Band season and Framingham Public Schools released the initial Back to School Plan … The convergence of all these events has made it very clear that camp and fall marching band rehearsals will not be possible this year,” wrote Wresinski.

“It is our hope that as science changes, so will our ability to bring some form of marching band to our students and our community. The FPS leadership along with Mr. Jasinski will continue to look to creative ways to bring music and marching band into the lives and education of our students. This is especially important for our seniors who have worked so hard to get to this point. We will not give up on them. It may not be the Marching Band we have come to know and love but if it is at all possible, we will find ways for our students to unite in music and the community they have built together,” wrote Wresinski.

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