With COVID-19 as the cause for logistical adjustments in schools, if you have questions regarding the Music Department and the reopening of schools, please, feel free to explore the following document: POB Music Department - Reopening Plans
Marching Band Update, 9/17/20:
With the postponement of the Football season, tentatively, to the spring of 2021, we have collaboratively decided that it is best to postpone the Marching Band Season and rehearsals to coincide with the Football season. The fall has presented us with several challenges, including, the cancellation of several Marching Band events that were planned for, such as the Newsday Marching Band Festival, Homecoming, and the “New York Mets Amazin’ Band Day”. With the social distancing requirement of 12ft for all woodwind and brass instruments, and approximately 150 band students, this would require a larger amount of space than is available anyplace in the district. This would also preclude the students from successfully learning their drill (or show) at such a great distance. To have effective rehearsals it would require the length of four and a half football fields in length. Currently there are no after school or Saturday activities. At this time, the amount of challenges presented in having Marching Band rehearsals does outweigh the potential for what can be achieved successfully given the social distancing requirements set forth by New York State. Once those restrictions are loosened or lifted, we will be able to re-examine how to implement the Marching Band program schedule with any necessary requirements. We are not the only school district on Long Island facing these challenges, and we are in dialogue with other administrators in Nassau and Suffolk to discuss how to overcome the challenges to continue to put children first, have the highest quality musical experiences, and keep everyone safe. Thank you!
For a recording from last week's Music Reopening Meeting, please, view this link. You will need the passcode: Fnt!ql5V
For questions, please, email Michael Rodgers, Director of Music and Performing Arts.
On behalf of the staff and students of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District, I welcome you to the POB District Music and Performing Arts home page. In addition to providing up to date information on our district concerts and musical events, we will be providing you with details on the various festivals (NYSSMA Evaluation, NMEA All-County, LISFA, etc.) which our students are involved in.
Congratulations to the staff, students, and families of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District! We have just been named one of NAMM's 2020 Best Communities in Music Education for the 3rd year in a row! Phenomenal work and thanks to the entire district and Board of Education for their continued support for music and the arts! A special thanks to the wonderful music staff!
Congratulations to all of the other Nassau and Suffolk County Districts that share in this distinction!
Student Contact Hours for Music Staff:
Statement from NYSSMA Regarding Festivals:
Important message from Dr. David Brown, President of NYSSMA:
NYSSMA has been carefully monitoring the global COVID-19 outbreak. We acknowledge the concern surrounding the circumstances of public gathering and are most concerned for the health and welfare of our students, teachers, and communities. As of today, March 13, 2020 all upcoming NYSSMA festivals are suspended until further notice.
For more information, please visit the NYSSMA website: NYSSMA - Official Website
“All over the world, the study of a musical instrument is recognized as an integral component of a child’s education. The reason for this is simple: Learning to play an instrument teaches us how to teach ourselves! It was recently observed that in the think tanks of Silicon Valley, where the next wave of innovation is being nurtured, almost all of the participants are practicing musicians. Playing a music instrument helps take our thought processes to the next level.”
– Chris Ripley, Retired Band Director at Stratford Road and Old Bethpage