Visiting bands prohibited into Houston and Henry County Schools football games

Published: Aug. 18, 2020 at 9:34 PM CDT
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We’re just 3 days away from the start of high school football and many Wiregrass schools are still adjusting to how game day will look

This football season will be anything but normal.

“We decided not to have our bands travel, they will for our rival games they’ll travel to Abbeville. We’ll allow that to happen but the other games the band will not travel. Not having to wear the face masks all the time and still having to social distance while they’re playing and being exposed to other cities,” Chris Padget, superintendent of Henry County Schools said.

Henry and Houston County Schools also announced they will not allow visiting bands into their stadiums.

“We also feed off the energy from the away team and it’s kind of our own competition. While the football team is going head to head in a competition, the bands try and outplay the other band and it’s just a fun environment that has been kind of taken away from us this year,” Abigail Taylor, senior/majorette captain said.

So while the football and cheer team travel to away games, band members will be leaving their instruments at home.

A decision that could affect the way their team plays.

“About 5 or 6 years ago we were at a football game and the energy the band promoted with the fans really helped our team up until the last moment. Sometimes bands aren’t given enough credit for their motivation and so that wont be there. So it’s going to be totally sole on the football team to self-motivate,” John Taylor, band director at Headland High School said.

While COVID-19 causes school and football season to be uncertain....

“I was thinking today, at least we get to perform on the football field at halftime where as like Troy they have to sit in the stands,” J. Taylor said.

The Headland band is making the most of the time they have together.

“This is my last year, the last time that I get to support my team and I just really want to be able to have that experience with my peers and be able to have a normal high school year. We are going to make the best of what we can and we are going to perform to the best of our abilities at the home games,” A. Taylor said.

Padget said these changes will be a game to game basis based on COVID-19 numbers.

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