Volume XVI - Issue I - Fall 2020
I hope all of you have had the happiest of holidays, and are looking forward to a clean slate with the new year. Despite distinct and ongoing challenges that come with a virtual fall quarter, I’m excited to fill you in on what we’ve been up to throughout the quarter. We are, at the moment, preparing to take care of all Psi- and band-related business online for the foreseeable future. Everything looks a little different this year, but we’re doing our best to embrace that as it comes!
First, I’d like to give a huge thank you to everyone who came to our first ever Virtual Joint Alumni Reunion! We had Zoom breakout rooms to chat, heartwarming speeches, and incredible stories. It was a great opportunity to see so many of you that might usually be unable to come to Band Alumni Reunion every two years. What a great tone you all set for virtual events in the upcoming months!
We also just kicked off the school year with a rewarding and innovative virtual marching season. Due to California and LA County pandemic guidelines, we conducted band camp, all of our rehearsals, and even performances virtually. Later in this edition of the Encore, you’ll hear from a few of our members about what we worked on, and their personal experiences during an online season.
You may be wondering as well how our recruitment efforts have changed this year. I’m pleased to announce that we are still welcoming in a new class of candidates this year, the Beta Omega class! Since KKPsi Nationals has yet to issue any guidelines for Degrees, we are still awaiting dates and times for those in particular. Most likely, we will be operating under a similar timeline for the candidate process as we have in past years, and all formal Degrees will be conducted virtually. I will be sure to send out more information as soon as I have it!
Stay safe, be well, and Happy New Year to you all!
Carrie Appel, BX
Alumni Relations Officer 2020-21