SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – The California Department of Public Health updated recreational activities for young people on Monday, saying the youth group, choir and theater may resume with changes.
“Once the football started I said, ‘Okay, there’s no reason that instrumental music, color keeping and dancing can’t too,” “said Matthew Kalal. , orchestra teacher at the Lycée Patrick Henry.
But for some reason, the state has not given the group the green light. In last Friday’s home game, soccer players and cheerleaders were back. But not the group.
The group’s drum major, Sidney Eun, spent his final year at the house. She did not lead her group or even wear her new uniform. But maybe she can soon.
“I would love to do something on the pitch,” said Eun.
The California Department of Public Health announced an update on its website on Monday, stating that the band, drums, choir and theater are now considered recreational activities for low-contact youth and can resume with modifications.
“Alright, come on! Kalal said enthusiastically.
Over the past few weeks, Kalal has held small-group practices outside, where everyone was spaced out and wore specialized masks modified for wind instruments.
“The mouth is right here. The mouthpiece,” Eun demonstrated with her modified mask. “And you can play normally. It doesn’t hinder your play at all.”
They hope to don these new uniforms, perform and make their families proud.
“You can’t stop smiling just to see these kids playing together, and to hear the music and say to yourself, ‘This is what high school is like! “” said Lynda Cadiente, Eun’s mother and chair of the Spirit of 76 Boosters board.
Even though it’s not a beautifully choreographed, competition-ready piece, they want to perform. Maybe just the national anthem or a fight song between the plays, so they can go back to being the soundtrack for high school Patrick Henry.
“I just wish we could have that last football game, lead in the stands with my group, with my drums,” Eun said. “This is something that I have been looking forward to for three years now.”
The group will continue to train while wearing masks and keeping their distance. They must follow testing protocols similar to those of athletes. They hope to have a performance ready by mid-April or sooner.