Published letters to players

Important Information, March 12, 2020

Dear Members of the Heart of America Winds:

We are in the midst of a historic situation in our country and the world. The spread of the COVID-19 virus has only just begun, and many professional and amateur sports teams, churches, schools along with many other organizations have responded to the crisis by canceling events, many of which are extremely large revenue producers. There are numerous concerns about the virus that are not yet known, but we do know that people over 80 years old and those with underlying health issues are the ones most at risk.

The Board of HOAW met last night, and the first thing on our agenda was a discussion about our responsibilities to you and to any crowd we might produce in light of the spreading virus. Under the circumstance, and with the best intentions in mind, the Board agreed to cancel the first set of rehearsals and the concert on March 29. Your health and welfare are a top priority.

We all shared the frustration of not being able to get the musical part of what we have been working so diligently on to make it function as it should. The plan at this time is to continue with the remaining three concerts scheduled since you have already put this on your calendars and the dates have been cleared with the Paseo calendar. Since there is such a long period of time between the July and December concerts, it was discussed that we add a concert somewhere in the area of September/October, recognizing that high school marching band could be a conflict for some. You will be notified of any such addition to the schedule as soon as it would be confirmed. The program for March 29, will be the program used for May 17. Adjustments to the other programs will be made and listed on the website. If there is an upside, it may be found in the following: More extensive marketing, more opportunity to work on procuring patrons and sponsors, better musical preparation by players with the extra time, and finalization of some other issues like settling on our official logo and tag line.

So, in the meantime, do everything you can not to put yourself at risk for exposure to the virus. Do those things prescribed by the medical community to keep yourself well. Because young people often experience the virus in a much less intense manner than the elderly, you should avoid contact with people even if what you feel is like a mild cold or case of flu.

Even though we have not played one note together, we are a family that should grow closer over time. When it is safe for you, we will meet, rehearse, make music and maybe make a little bit of history.

With highest regards,
John C. Carmichael

Jan Gippo, President
HOAW Board of Directors
Director of Development