STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA)— Members of the Mississippi State University Maroon Band are marching to a different tune this year because of the pandemic.
Craig Aarhus, one of the Associate Directors of Bands, said there are some changes in the program.
He said there are about 400 students in the band program.
This year, all of the band members cannot practice together inside.
Aarhus said they will split the band up by groups and mostly practice outside on the field.
When band members go out on the field they will see signs that encourage social distancing.
Some of Aarhus’ favorite signs say, “Please maintain a 4 step interval at all times,” and “Please stay 6 feet apart. That;s the length of... 1 CVS receipt."
In the rehearsal room, all the chairs are spread out six feet apart with markers on the floor.
Hand sanitizing stations are set up on the walls, he said.
Aarhus said the band plans to play this year, but it’s ultimately up to Southeastern Conference leaders if the band will perform during the games this season.