Pandemic-themed shows are 100% insensitive and in poor taste.
By - NoSh_t
Are there actually schools doing this? What was going through their heads when they decided it was a good idea?
Yes. Both high school and collegiate marching bands.
What are they even like?
Songs like “All by Myself,” “School’s Out,” “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” etc.
Oh my god that is awful
I had my first football game yesterday, and the visiting Marching Band played "School's out" as one of their stand tunes. They had a good band though.
Congrats on your first game. We all remember our first games.
I just think mocking the idea of schools closing is kind of low-brow. After all, there’s no band without school. As a director, schools closing meant neither I nor my students could make music. It sucked 😔
“We’re not gonna take it” just seems very inappropriate and bad taste especially with all the anti vax/conspiracy attitude over the past year
And you can bet, given the area I’m in, that was their intention. They know their audience 🙄
Our show for this year was written before the pandemic and was titled "Heros Among Us" Although it wasn't really pandemic themed, we ended up changing it because we didn't want people to think we were *that* band.
In my experience, showy attempts to honor “heroes” almost always come across as hollow gestures and exercises in trite lip-service. We can honor our heroes not by patronizing them, but by making their jobs easier.
Exactly, treating first responders or health care workers as heroes…and then finding out how many of them refuse to get vaccinated
Yeah, that’s disappointing.
That should be grounds for immediate firing, especially with healthcare workers.
They’re working on it. Definitely the inevitable outcome there. I’m not sure what they expected 🤷🏻♂️
Y'all were going to do an Among Us show????
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Especially while we’re still in it
Right! “Memorializing” an event that’s still in progress conveys some serious ignorance of current events.
Regardless of the timing though, I think marching band is neither the time nor the place to address COVID. The idea that a worldwide tragedy can be converted into some entertainment value seems unethical to me, no matter what your intentions.
Who the hell thought this was a good idea
Directors, parents, students, and administrators I guess.
It’s gonna age like milk.
It's also kinda cringe, same feel as an ela teacher forcing people to write essays on their experience in the pandemic.
I actually think that’s important. Self-reflection and self-expression are important during this time of uncertainty. They’re healthy coping mechanisms.
But forcing it upon everyone, especially as a graded thing in the case of ELA, is dumb. Some people don't need it or do it fine by themselves, and in band/ELA people are mostly there for music/education, not therapy.
Considering the traumatic and tragic dimensions to it, I would make it voluntary and private. Maybe even extra credit. Maybe something like Freedom Writers?
I think exercises like that can help a young person develop empathy, which is exactly what we need right now. I think there’s value in it, but I think the assignment needs to be given using the kind of empathy it hopes to inspire.
The worst thing we can do is trivialize the pandemic by reducing it to an assignment or a show theme.
Mine is titled “Momentum” and is themed around pushing forward into the right direction and coming together slowly as the pandemic ends
That could be tasteful.
In that same vein, shows about 9/11 are uncomfortable as well. Storytelling’s cool, but jeez that’s not ok.
There have been shows about 9/11? Jesus Christ, that's horrible.
One of the many reasons I’m glad our band is doing the show we were supposed to do last year, “Immortal” and it’s about vampires.
But seriously, it’s insensitive to everyone who’s been affected.
that genuinely never even occurred to me
Not to mention who the fuck wants to be reminded of that shit.
Right. It’s been omnipresent in our lives for almost 2 years. Why devote a show to something that we, especially those of us who’ve been doing the right things, are exhausted from?
I literally have no word…that’s like having a 9/11 themed show after the towers fell
No, while they’re *falling.*
I agree however there was a winter guard show from someone (possibly warren central) in Indiana that literally made most of the audience tear up and made the performers tear up as well, I don’t think it should be a wide spread thing but for a very talented group to do a tribute I think that is understandable.
So it’s only okay if they can pull it off?
Not entirely, I think it was more time sensitive, because they were one of the first groups to do it
the year before covid my band went to a competition at monroe area high school and there was a band there performing a show about a pandemic and it was a coughing disease going around and when a member got infected their plume was switched to a green plume. very interesting to see
That actually sounds like a cool concept (being pre-covid), not sure if it would be well received now tho.
Whenever I read posts on this sub, all I think of is how laid back my band is compared to most. We are a 4A High School in Wyoming and for our show we are doing West Side Story.
One school played “We’re Not Gonna Take It” as part of their show.
That’s probably the worst direction to take a pandemic show, but that’s the rabbit hole—there is no “good” direction.
I wouldn't say so. When I see shows related to anything from the past year it's about coming back and bringing everyone up. I guess to each there own
This is the argument I’m hearing, and here’s why I disagree.
People don’t need to be “brought up” from COVID. There is no positive, bright side, or silver lining to a pandemic. This is a tragedy. People have lost friends and family members. COVID is an objectively negative, *ongoing* event, and we should be taking it seriously, not acting like it’s over.
agreed, in some sense. I feel like its alright to do a pandemic-based show to sorta lift the spirits, and maybe even as a memorial for those who unfortunately passed, but overall its kinda a weird topic and also completely unoriginal these days
Ours is called Back, makes a lot more sense to do one about returning than the ones about the pandemic itself like you mentioned in another reply.
That would make more sense if the pandemic were over. I fear the worst is yet to come, but I hope I’m wrong.
If it were about the pandemic itself, yes. This year will be our first football season since 2019, so we are “back” to being able to have a football season and marching together again.
Best of luck. Stay safe.
Our high school show is like this as well. It's about how after the year of virtual everything, we're all coming back together as one.
The sentiment is nice, but I fear the timing will age like milk.
That was a concern during the design of the show. Luckily it's less "in your face" than it sounds. We're using puzzle pieces to symbolize it, and building a puzzle at the end of the show. It looks more like a show about puzzles than about coming together, but our actual intention is the latter.
A show about the pandemic could be good. It would be hard to pull off, but a show that honors the sadness and loss of life, while also showing the rising up from all the shit we've been trough would be kinda cool
If you have a sense of humor it can be pretty funny
Yes. Things are allowed to be joked about so get over it
They’re band shows, not comedy sketches. You’re in the wrong place if you’re looking for a laugh.
Sorry kid but you’re wrong. There are many comedy themed shows so get your head out of your pretentious ass and get over it
You're a very angry person, glancing at your comment history. It isn't my place, but I suggest finding some peace.
Also, it would be *extremely* inappropriate for a band program to joke about the pandemic that has killed millions.
If you base things on what is inappropriate to some then everything will be inappropriate
I believe that the majority of human beings today would find that rather inappropriate.
dude there's a pandemic that killed 4.42 million people across the globe. i don't think it's cool to make celebrations about it, especially when it's not even over yet
do you even have a heart?
idc if it's cringe or not. its really not funny to celebrate a pandemic where millions of people die.
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