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  • Marching Illini director provides guidance on band safety protocols

    A Marching Illini piccolo player performs while wearing an orange and blue mask with a slit for the mouthpiece of her piccolo.

    A piccolo player performs with the Marching Illini at the 100th anniversary celebration of the Altgeld Chimes. The band performed outdoors during the pandemic with safety protocols in place, including wearing special masks designed with an opening that accommodates an instrument mouthpiece. Marching Illini director Barry Houser designed the masks, and he helped develop state public health guidelines for music classes and rehearsals.

    Photo by Fred Zwicky

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  • Editor’s note: To contact Barry Houser, email bhouser2@illinois.edu.