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COVID-19 Protocols for Concert Bands 

Last updated April 5, 2021
The University of Kansas Bands strives to offer a safe environment to students during the COVID-19 pandemic to continue their journey and growth as musicians. In its mission to provide students with science-based protocols, KU Bands follows the most current guidelines studies being conducted at the University of Colorado-Boulder and the University of Maryland. Commissioned by a consortim including the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, and the Big Twelve Band Directors Association, and led by a team of well-qualified scientists, this research is informing best practice for in-person performing ensembles. In the Fall of 2020, KU Band implemented these protocols and have had ZERO cases of transmission in the rehearsal and performance spaces. Safety protocols include:
* Custom designed musicians’ masks for every player at all times
* All bells covered by MERV-13 filter fabric at all times
* Students spaced 6 feet apart facing one direction at all times
* One-way traffic flow in and out of rehearsal rooms
* Hand sanitizing at all rehearsal room entrances
* Detailed cleaning of all chairs and stands following each use
* Maximum 30 minutes of performing in any space before vacating the room for 20 minutes for proper air exchange and filtering
* Several state-of-the art room purifiers with specialized HEPA filters placed throughout each rehearsal space
* HVAC system adjusted to bring in fresh air rather than recirculating room air
Students and faculty have daily access to a number of PPE supplies to ensure safety and best practice:
* Disposable masks
* Protective disposable gloves
* Hand sanitizer and wipes
* Disposable absorbent pads for emptying water valves
KU Bands follow safety protocols for all indoor and outdoor activities. Performances this year are strictly on-line with no in-person audiences. We continue to read and follow the latest research, implement new protocols, and respond to student concerns. For students unable or uncomfortable participating in live ensembles due to health or family concerns, an alternative option is provided.



Musicians Masks
Bell Covers


NAfME Response to New CDC Guidelines for K-12 Schools 
The Risk of Indoor Sports and Culture Events for the Transmission of COVID-19
Coronavirus Study in Germany Offers Hope for Concertgoers (New York Times article retrieved 11/4/2020)
College Band Directors National Association
State of Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Protect KU Plan
Freiburg study
University of Kansas Mask Policy:
“When present on campus, all faculty, staff, students, affiliates, visitors, vendors, and volunteers must wear a face covering (cloth face covering, surgical mask, etc.) over one’s mouth and nose when in common areas of a building and when within six (6) feet of another individual(s) anywhere on campus.”
Hoffman, Schwalje, and Lebrecht article
International Federation of Musicians (FIM) release:
October 6, 2020 Miller/Srebric Study:
International Coalition of Performing Arts Aerosol Study Report 3

130 Murphy Hall, set up for the KU Wind Ensemble and adhering to social distancing protocols.


118 Murphy Hall, set up for the KU Symphonic Band, adhering to social distancing protocols.

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