Albion HS band relishes first live concert since December 2019

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 June 2021 at 6:33 am

Band and chorus perform at lawnchair concert

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – For the first time since December 2019, the Albion High School band performed live for a concert on Thursday. Covid-19 prevented in-person concerts since the middle of March 2020. Some of the band members on Thursday had just stepped off the baseball field for the Purple Eagles.

Until April this school year, band students were on a hybrid schedule with half the students one day and half the next, and others remote. They weren’t able to get together as a group until about two months ago.

Mike Thaine, the high school band director, is shown directing the band outside the school during a lawnchair concert.

The band performs in front of family and friends who were spread out in lawnchairs in the grass between the middle and high schools.

The high school chorus this year is led by Connor Doran. The chorus last performed in a live concert on March 3, 2020 during a district-wide chorus concert in front of about 1,000 people in the high school gym. The district last year had its last day of in-person classes on march 13 due to the Covid pandemic.

The high school band and chorus performed for about an hour and 15 minutes on Thursday.