• Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School - Band Department, Plan for Re-opening of Marching Band 

    2020-2021 Marching Band Staff:


    Brian Carter, Marching Band Director

    Karen Bernsteain, Asst. Marching Band Director

    Jessica Winter, Drill Instructor

    Glenn Chiarello, Percussion Advisor 

    Catie Merle, Color Guard Coordinator 


    Section Rehearsal Spaces



    Band Room

    Chorus Room






    Times: 3:00 - 4:00 pm 

    Day 1 - Woodwind and Color Guard

    Day 2 - Brass and Percussion


    Number of Brass  Students: 49

    Number of Woodwind (Flute, Clarinet, Saxophones, and French Horn) Students: 59

    Percussionists: 24

    Color Guard: 9 


    Dates: 4 week program


    Day 1 - Wednesday, Oct. 28th

    Day 2 - Thursday, Oct. 29th (Color Guard will meet on this Day 2, only for this week


    Day 1 - Wednesday, Nov. 4th (Color Guard returns to Day 1)

    Day 2 - Thursday, Nov. 5th 


    Day 1 - Tuesday, Nov. 10th 

    Day 2 - Thursday, Nov. 12th 


    Day 1 - Tuesday, Nov. 17th 

    Day 2  - Wednesday, Nov. 18th 


    General Guidelines:


    -) Over the course of the two days, students will be divided into sectional groups and rehearse in the four priority locations: Band Room, Orchestra Room, Chorus Room, and LGI. Those spaces will be able to accommodate the capacity of students during the rehearsals. 


    -) Transportation will not be provided. 


    -) 12ft Distancing will be in place for all rehearsals for wind instruments, and 6ft for Percussionists and Color Guard. 


    -) Students who are not in school that day will need to fill out the medical screener prior to coming to rehearsal. 


    -) In case of inclement weather, or the need for a cancellation of rehearsal, the band teacher will inform the band through Google Classroom and Remind, and a makeup date for rehearsal will be scheduled for a different day. 


    -) There will be sanitizing material available for all students and instruments. 


    -) Participation is part of the band program under the umbrella of a co-curricular activity, however, if a child is in band and remote learning, they will not be expected to participate in these rehearsals in person, but they will have the option to join in via Google Meet. 


    -) Students cannot remain at school in between the end of school and the beginning of rehearsals


    -) Virtual Students will be able to synchronously play with the ensemble.