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Pandemic-themed shows are 100% insensitive and in poor taste.

Pandemic-themed shows are 100% insensitive and in poor taste.

oyelrak

Are there actually schools doing this? What was going through their heads when they decided it was a good idea?


NoSh_t

Yes. Both high school and collegiate marching bands.


Iaccidentallyjoined

What are they even like?


NoSh_t

Songs like “All by Myself,” “School’s Out,” “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” etc.


oyelrak

Oh my god that is awful


Blazing_Moons

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.


NoSh_t

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 😔


TheXyloGuy

“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


NoSh_t

And you can bet, given the area I’m in, that was their intention. They know their audience 🙄


AlphaNepali

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.


NoSh_t

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. Get vaccinated.


dalej42

Exactly, treating first responders or health care workers as heroes…and then finding out how many of them refuse to get vaccinated


NoSh_t

Yeah, that’s disappointing.


dizdawgjr34

That should be grounds for immediate firing, especially with healthcare workers.


NoSh_t

They’re working on it. Definitely the inevitable outcome there. I’m not sure what they expected 🤷🏻‍♂️


gladiator-batman

😳


Count_Zander

Y'all were going to do an Among Us show????


TheCoderAndAvatar

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GameGod2815

Especially while we’re still in it


NoSh_t

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.


garbothot214

Who the hell thought this was a good idea


NoSh_t

Directors, parents, students, and administrators I guess. It’s gonna age like milk.


penguin13790

It's also kinda cringe, same feel as an ela teacher forcing people to write essays on their experience in the pandemic.


NoSh_t

I actually think that’s important. Self-reflection and self-expression are important during this time of uncertainty. They’re healthy coping mechanisms.


penguin13790

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.


NoSh_t

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.


Sufficient_Pay_820

Mine is titled “Momentum” and is themed around pushing forward into the right direction and coming together slowly as the pandemic ends


NoSh_t

That could be tasteful.


jbondrums_

In that same vein, shows about 9/11 are uncomfortable as well. Storytelling’s cool, but jeez that’s not ok.


Avianmerri

There have been shows about 9/11? Jesus Christ, that's horrible.


Traditional_Jump_587

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.


BimphyRedixler

that genuinely never even occurred to me


Tenien

Not to mention who the fuck wants to be reminded of that shit.


NoSh_t

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?


CaptainPanda12

I literally have no word…that’s like having a 9/11 themed show after the towers fell


NoSh_t

No, while they’re *falling.*


timebomb0825

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.


NoSh_t

So it’s only okay if they can pull it off?


timebomb0825

Not entirely, I think it was more time sensitive, because they were one of the first groups to do it


beluuuugaa

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


NoSh_t

Yikes.


Pagayer

That actually sounds like a cool concept (being pre-covid), not sure if it would be well received now tho.


FluffSnowball14

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.


NoSh_t

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.


WhoIsJoe420

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


NoSh_t

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.


FlappyBird73

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


MemeManThomas

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.


NoSh_t

That would make more sense if the pandemic were over. I fear the worst is yet to come, but I hope I’m wrong.


MemeManThomas

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.


NoSh_t

Best of luck. Stay safe.


TreeWithNoCoat

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.


NoSh_t

The sentiment is nice, but I fear the timing will age like milk.


TreeWithNoCoat

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.


AidsAndMore

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


Drkidcandy

If you have a sense of humor it can be pretty funny


NoSh_t

No.


Drkidcandy

Yes. Things are allowed to be joked about so get over it


unrenewable_resource

They’re band shows, not comedy sketches. You’re in the wrong place if you’re looking for a laugh.


Drkidcandy

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


TreeWithNoCoat

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.


Drkidcandy

If you base things on what is inappropriate to some then everything will be inappropriate


TreeWithNoCoat

I believe that the majority of human beings today would find that rather inappropriate.


saxcat13

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


Drkidcandy

So?


saxcat13

do you even have a heart?


Drkidcandy

Cringe


saxcat13

idc if it's cringe or not. its really not funny to celebrate a pandemic where millions of people die.


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