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Canton – The Plymouth-Canton Educational Park (P-CEP) Band Programs came to an abrupt halt in March due to COVID-19. Students in the band’s world-class level winter guard and scholastic open-class level winter percussion were preparing to compete at their respective WGI World competitions before their seasons ended earlier than expected. In addition, the band program’s nationally-known jazz bands had all of their performances cancelled. The five bands that practice during the school day were unable to perform numerous concerts and community performances.

The students carried on practicing in the confines of their own homes, often through virtual lessons or practicing on their own. While the students continued their dedication to their music programs from afar, they missed the important element of teamwork, friendship and comradery that is created when they work together.

The Plymouth-Canton Community School (P-CCS) district has approved a plan that is now allowing the P-CEP marching band students to come together safely to begin practicing for their upcoming season.

“We are absolutely thrilled to see the students and families in person again,” said Michael Wells, director of band programs at P-CEP. “The past few months have been particularly challenging for the P-CEP Band Program, as students have had practices, performances, competitions and trips (including a trip to New York City) cancelled. We recognize the large role that the P-CEP Band Program plays in many of our students' lives, and are thankful for a supportive administration that has provided an opportunity for students to rehearse, perform, and socialize in a safe and healthy environment. While this season may not look the same as previous ones, we are committed to providing the students opportunities not only to regain a sense of normalcy, but also create lifelong experiences.”

Wells added that the health and safety in a fun environment are the most important factors to the directors, staff and Plymouth-Canton Music Boosters community. The band directors developed a plan with P-CCS that will allow the students to begin practicing for the upcoming marching band season in a safe and healthy environment. The plan includes:

  • Daily pre-screening health questionnaire completed by students prior to each practice.
  • Designated locations for students to place personal belongings in safely distanced spaces.
  • Designated locations for students to stand/interact during rehearsal that follow social distancing guidelines.
  • Requirement of wearing a face mask as needed and possible during practices.
  • Limited access to Plymouth High School for emergency situations only.

The P-CEP Marching Band is currently recruiting P-CEP students for the upcoming season. Students interested in joining the marching band or color guard can register for the season by creating a member account here: https://www.pcmb.net/registration?view=login. No experience is required to join the marching band or color guard. Questions regarding registration can be sent here: https://www.pcmb.net/index.php?option=com_contact&view=contact&id=89&catid=12&idU=1

Rehearsals will begin July 6, 7, 8 and 9th from 5 to 9 p.m. at Plymouth High School. A new member parent orientation will be held Tuesday, July 7 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

“The P-CEP Marching Band has been such a great experience for me since I came to P-CEP in my freshman year,” said Shannon O’Connor, P-CEP senior and color guard member. “Having our winter programs abruptly cut short was heartbreaking to so many of us after months of hard work, and it is so great to be able to be back at practices with the entire marching band. For anyone looking for a great school activity that is a mix of music, athletics and artistry, our marching band and color guard is an amazing group to be a part of!”

“COVID-19 aside, we have an exciting and fun season planned for our marching band,” said Wells. “Our marching band staff have spent countless hours to put together an exciting and memorable program. This year’s show, A Matter of Taste, promises a new twist with music, props and costuming. Our students are excited to get back on the field to practice, perform and compete – safely!”


About the Plymouth-Canton Music Boosters: The Plymouth-Canton Music Boosters is a parent-run 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization supporting high school concert bands, marching band, jazz bands, color guard, winter guard and percussion students from Plymouth, Canton and Salem High Schools in Canton, Mich. The boosters are a dedicated group of parents and other adults who volunteer their time so that band students are able to enjoy the many benefits of a comprehensive music program. For more information about band programs at the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park, please visit www.pcmb.net.