Recently, Camas High School has started sending their students back to school in their hybrid learning schedule. This has been a recent bonus for students in musical programs because they are now able to practice and perform together. One such group would be the Camas drumline. The members of the drumline are starting to practice indoors once again.
Some members shared their optimism on getting back inside the building.
CHS drumline member Senior Ingrid Larsen said, “The biggest benefits of transitioning indoors are that we can hear each other better and that we don’t have to deal with the winter weather. It can be hard to drum for a long period of time when your hands are cold.”
Moving back indoors to practice differs greatly from remote. Some students have said that it will feel strange at first seeing their drumline members together again. Others, like CHS student Tate Fielding, exclaimed that seeing each other helps while practicing.
Fielding said, “The biggest benefits of moving indoors is being able to socialize with my friends on the drumline and being able to hear how good we sound and being able to nitpick and try to fix the little things.”
While there are many ups to transitioning back, there are a few downs, some members have pointed out. Some are concerned about the number of students moving back and also how these students follow the new guidelines.
Fielding said, “I am worried about people following the mandated rules like wearing their masks and maintaining social distancing and just staying safe in general.”
CHS band teacher Richard Mancini also has his hopes for what moving back does for the team.
He said, “Finally being able to play together and not having to worry about your wifi connection.”
Mancini added, “I am looking forward to finally having my students inside the school and to get that feeling of normality back into our lives.”
Hopefully, Mancini is right, and more band students will finally be able to play their instruments together and see their peers again after the extended break.
Camasonian journalists Garrett Monroe and Kellen Mason contributed to this article.