Virtual band camp at Reagan High School becomes master class with professionals
SAN ANTONIO – Prevented by the COVID-19 pandemic from proudly marching onto football fields, in parades or even practicing in the summer heat, Reagan High School director of bands Daniel Morrison had to get creative. This year, the Reagan High School Marching Band’s summer camp was not only virtual, it became an “all star master class” taught by professional musicians, and even a dancer. "Between the three band directors, we knew almost all of these people and were able to connect with them," Morrison said. Using funds from its budget that in the past paid for competition fees, food, travel and other band expenses, Morrison said the professional musicians were paid their typical hourly rate. It was well worth it, he said, given the caliber of talent that has been working with nearly all 350 Reagan High School band members.