Many college and high school bands have resumed practicing during the pandemic. But doing so safely involves plenty of challenges.
In many bands, not only does everyone have to wear a mask, but just about every instrument has to wear a mask as well, thanks to sometimes improvised coverings on saxophones, and trumpets without deadening their sound. But there remain unanswered questions about whether instruments can spread COVID-19 particles through the air.
So, scientists around the country have been teaming up with band educators to try to test what is and isn’t safe when it comes to music education, and what kind of protective gear or PPE works.